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Tokyo Olympic committee slams foreign journalist association over magazine cover

Tokyo, May 19 (Jiji Press)–The organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has demanded that the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan retract a cover design of its monthly magazine, which depicts an image apparently combining the Olympic emblem and an illustration of the novel coronavirus that is raging in the world.


The committee also lodged a protest over the cover image of the April issue of the Number 1 Shimbun magazine, criticizing the association for the lack of consideration for many people and athletes.


The image in question is the circular checkered-pattern emblem of the Olympic Games added with club-shaped spikes. The addition makes it look like the shape of the coronavirus. The image was also posted on the journalist association’s website.


The committee urged the association to pull the image in writing, according to Masanori Takaya, spokesperson of the committee.


“It’s extremely regrettable that such an image was used at a time when the virus crisis has caused tremendous damage,” Takaya said. “We believe it also amounts to copyright infringement.”

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