Yoshiko Ikoma, a fashion journalist and vice chairwoman of 14-member panel tasked with creating mascots for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The panel is placing a priority on winning public approval as well as achieving artistic quality as it seeks to clarify eligibility criteria and find ways to get the public involved in the process. (Kyodo)© Japan Today
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Japan is the leading country in creating mascots and characters, and has lots of talented professionals. We have to consider how we get them on board as well as the general public, and make the mascot
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