Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic logo de­signer is fac­ing fresh pla­gia­rism claims

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The de­signer of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics logo said Fri­day he has with­drawn some de­signs cre­ated for drinks gi­ant Sun­tory in the wake of fresh pla­gia­rism al­le­ga­tions.

The move comes just over a week af­ter un­der-fire de­signer Ken­jiro Sano de­scribed claims that he stole the de­sign for his Olympics em­blem as “com­pletely base­less.”

“There are online claims that there might be copy­right prob­lems ... and our client Sun­tory and other rel­e­vant peo­ple have re­ceived ques­tions” about it, Sano’s of­fice said in a state­ment.

“Given the sit­u­a­tion, we asked that some de­signs be with­drawn.”

The com­pany, one of Ja­pan’s big­gest bev­er­age firms, has said that it would stop ship­ment of cer­tain bags that were part of a pro­mo­tional cam­paign for non­al­co­holic beer.

The bags with some of Sano’s de­signs — in­clud­ing a French baguette and an opened book — have come into ques­tion.

Oth­ers that were not with­drawn in­clude a slice of wa­ter­melon, an um­brella, a bird, and a pair of sun­glasses.

“These de­signs are based on ideas and mo­tifs in ev­ery­day life, but we have started look­ing into the claims with the help of ex­perts,” Sano’s of­fice said.

The re­trac­tion comes as a Bel­gian de­signer said last week he would take the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee to court over use of the de­sign for the 2020 Tokyo Games which he claims was pla­gia­rized from his work.

Sano ear­lier this month re­jected the al­le­ga­tion, say­ing he was “con­vinced this is a piece that has no par­al­lel in the world.”

The IOC and the Tokyo Games or­ga­niz­ers have also dis­missed the claims, and said de­signer Olivier De­bie did not have a trade­mark on the em­blem he made for a theater in the eastern Bel­gian city of Liege.

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