Foreign Journalists Club in Japan to Retract Virus-Inspired Design


Tokyo, May 21 (Jiji Press)--The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan said Thursday it will retract a cover design of its monthly magazine that parodied the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic emblem by incorporating the features of the novel coronavirus particle.

The organizing committee of the Tokyo Games had demanded the drawing's retraction.

"We would like to express our sincere regret to anyone who may have (been) offended" by this issue, FCCJ President Khaldon Azhari told an online press conference.

The cover image of the April issue of the Number 1 Shimbun magazine depicted an image of the circular checkered-pattern emblem of the 2020 Games added with club-shaped spikes. The addition made it look like a particle of the new coronavirus that is raging in the world.

In asking the FCCJ to withdraw the design, the Tokyo Games organizing committee had claimed that it amounted to copyright infringement.

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