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Final Candidate Mascots for 2020 Tokyo Games Unveiled

Final Candidate Mascots for 2020 Tokyo Games Unveiled

   Tokyo, Dec. 7 (Jiji Press)--The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics unveiled Thursday final three pairs of candidates for the quadrennial sporting events' mascots.
   A wining pair will be announced on Feb. 28 next year, after elementary school classrooms across Japan cast ballots between Monday and Feb. 22. As of Thursday morning, 4,150 schools had registered to vote.
   The three pairs are: futuristic characters with traditional "ichimatsu-moyo" checkered patterns, a character modeling from a "maneki-neko" lucky cat figurine and another with combined features of a "koma-inu" lion-dog and a fox, both shrine guardian animals, and fox and raccoon dog characters each featuring "magatama" ancient Japanese beads.
   The final candidates, picked from 2,042 applications through screening and a vote by the committee's mascot selection panel, were shown to children at an event at Kakezuka Elementary School in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward.
   Television personnel Shoko Nakagawa, a member of the panel, told the students, "I hope you will decide gold medalists in the mascot world through discussions."

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