Japan organizers defend designer over logo, deny it’s copied
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Japan organizers defend designer over logo, deny it’s copied

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers have defended a Japanese designer in a logo scandal, denying allegations his design for the 2020 Games was taken from a Belgian theater.

The organizers disclosed designer Kenjiro Sano’s initially submitted logo, saying its emphasis on a “T” shape bore no resemblance to that of Theater de Liege. They say a circle on the background was added later.

Japanese organizers said Friday that plans to promote Sano’s logo are unchanged.

A Belgian designer is suing the International Olympic Committee over the logo. The trial begins Sept. 21.

Sano denied the claim in early August. But he got embroiled in another plagiarism allegation and eventually acknowledged some of the designs used in a brewery promotional campaign carried copies of others’ works, though he held his assistants responsible.