Tokyo 2020 Olympic logo found to resemble that of Belgian theater

Tokyo 2020 Olympic logo found to resemble that of Belgian theater
A spectator waves Olympic and Paralympic flags during an unveiling event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games emblems at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo.
PHOTO: Reuters

BRUSSELS - It has recently been pointed out that the design of the official emblem for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which was unveiled on July 24, resembles the logo for Theatre de Liege, a theatre in Liege, eastern Belgium.

Belgium-based designer Olivier Debie, who designed the logo for the theatre, told The Yomiuri Shimbun on Wednesday that the font type and structure of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics official emblem is almost the same as those of the logo he designed. He indicated that he is considering taking steps including legal action, saying, "I'm consulting with a lawyer."

The theatre's logo, which has been used since 2013, features the combination of "L" in Liege and "T" in Theatre.

Debie's design office posted a photo of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics emblem and the theatre's logo side by side on its official Facebook page.

"We checked trademarks around the world when we decided on the emblem," said an official of the public relations department of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. "We've confirmed there is no problem."

Kenjiro Sano, who designed the emblem, said in a statement issued via the committee, "I have no particular comment to make."

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said Thursday the 2020 Tokyo Olympics emblem resembles the theatre's logo. He added he was told by the committee that there is no problem.

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