Designer Kenjiro Sano faced plagiarism allegations after unveiling his logo design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The controversial logo was scrapped following accusations of copying from Olivier Debie, a Belgian who designer who created a similar stylized letter “T” for the Theatre de Liege. Sano denied the accusations, claiming that he’d never seen the Belgian design, but organizing committees announced at a press conference that the project had been withdrawn and Sano would develop a new Tokyo 2020 Olympic logo design.
Kenjiro Sano did not appear at the conference but posted on apology on his website, maintaining that he “never copied or plagiarized” the logo. However, this is not the first time that his designs have been under scrutiny. Sano was involved in another controversy – he had previously designed a tote bag that used others’ images without permission. Since then, Internet users have kept Sano’s work on the radar.