FAQ for Applications
A :.There is no particular priority for the key concepts. Applicants are free to include only a single concept or multiple concepts in their designs. The key concepts demonstrate the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee's approach to its Games Vision, and we hope these concepts will inspire applicants to give full rein to their imagination and creativity when producing their designs.
A :.The Games Vision will serve as the foundation for all operations of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. For further details, please see Tokyo 2020 Games Vision.
Submission Qualifications and Number of Entries
A :.The Tokyo 2020 emblem design competition is unable to accept hand-drawn entries. All entries must be designs able to be developed on various tools and media. The winning entry must possess good development capabilities, and applicants are kindly requested to ensure they submit the digital data of their entries. Data of scans of hand-drawn designs cannot be edited and therefore cannot be accepted. If you would like to submit a hand-drawn entry, please use drawing software.
Terms and Conditions for Emblem Designs
A :.Please ensure that your emblem designs amply demonstrate that the two emblems are part of the same Tokyo 2020 Games while also ensuring that the emblems for the Olympics and the Paralympics are easily differentiated. Please refer to the emblems for the Rio 2016 Games as an example.
A :.If the designs of the emblems include word marks in an existing typeface for which a third party already holds the rights, problems may occur when the emblems undergo copyright registration procedures. Applicants are therefore requested to develop an original typeface. If applicants experience difficulty developing an original typeface, a generic typeface may be used for the submitted entry. Please note, however, that if this submission is selected as the winning entry, the applicant will be required to develop an original typeface.
A :.Applicants are not requested to carry out a special investigation to ascertain whether their entries infringe upon any third party rights. However, applicants are kindly requested to ensure that their designs are not copies (either wholly or partially) of an existing design. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will conduct an investigation into whether entries infringe upon the copyrights or trademark rights of a third party to the fullest extent possible.
Evaluation and Selection Results
A :.Regular reports on the selection procedure will be posted on the Tokyo 2020 Games emblems.
A :.Emblem designs should seek to incorporate one or more of the following key concepts:
Empathy – be able to elicit the empathy of many people
Symbolism – be suitable as a symbol of the Tokyo 2020 Games
Originality – be full of originality and distinctiveness
Aesthetic sense – be outstanding as a design
Scalability – be able to be used in various forms of media, including licensed products, Games adornments, etc.
Reproducibility – there is minimal change to the design image when reproduced in colour, monochrome, when enlarged or reduced
A :.It is anticipated that modifications will have to be made to the design and typeface used for the word marks of the emblems. For example, it is necessary that an original typeface is used for the word mark "TOKYO 2020", so if the submitted entry features a word mark in a generic typeface, this will have to be changed. The selection committee will examine the matter further and make a final decision on the circumstances that modifications will be required, by whom, and the extent of the modifications.
A :.If it is found that a submitted design closely resembles an existing design in investigations carried out during the selection process or after the winning entry is selected, applicants may be requested to provide evidence to prove their entry is an original design. Applicants are therefore requested to keep sketches, drawings, etc. made during the creation of their designs, which may be required later as evidence of an original design.
Submission of Entries
A :.An on-screen 'confirmation of receipt' message will be displayed once the entry submission procedure has been completed on the dedicated submission system. A 'confirmation of receipt' message will also be sent by email. Please note that we will be unable to respond to enquiries made by telephone.
A :.This may be because you entered the wrong email address when sending your provisional registration, or because your spam filter will not accept the 'confirmation of receipt' email.
If you entered the incorrect email address:
Please check that you have entered your email address correctly, and resend your registration.
Please note that if you use a free mail service (e.g. Yahoo! email, etc.) this may contain a spam filter. You are therefore advised to check your spam folder.
A :.You will be unable to return to the screen displaying the PDF document. Further important information regarding the selection process will be displayed along with the 'confirmation of receipt' (provisional name) email, so please ensure that you save this 'confirmation of receipt' email for future reference.
A :.It is possible that you may not be transferred to the formal registration site automatically even when you click on the URL included in the provisional registration email. In such cases, please try the following actions:
1) Copy the URL, and paste it directly into the address bar.
2) It is possible that a space may have opened up in the URL. If so, please delete this space and try again.
Return of Submitted Entries
A :.As specified in the "Important Points regarding the Design of the Tokyo 2020 Games Emblems," the applicant of the winning entry will be required to transfer all rights without compensation. When the winning entry is used for commercial purposes, the name of the applicant will not be made public, and the applicant will not be entitled to receive royalties.
Emblem Used During Tokyos Bid Campaign
A :.The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee holds the rights to the emblem used during Tokyo's bid campaign. In addition, applicants must not submit designs that are a replica of or closely resemble existing designs, and therefore must not submit the emblem design (featuring cherry blossoms) used during the bid campaign. Please ensure that you create your own original designs for the Tokyo 2020 Games emblems.