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2020 Tokyo Olympic license plate designs narrowed down to 5

One of the five designs on the final shortlist as part of the search for a winning 2020 Olympic and Paralympic-themed license plate is seen. (Photo courtesy of the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry)

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said on June 27 that it has chosen a shortlist of five designs, as part of its search for a themed car license plate for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

    The five proposals were narrowed down from a total of 96 designs, which were all submitted in response to a competition intended to find a winning plate.

    Feedback about the five designs will next be collected via the internet and other such media between July 3 and 12, before a "Design Selection Committee" -- headed by Yuji Akimoto, director at the University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts -- will choose the winning design in late July.

    At the same time, the ministry apparently "wants to be informed if any of these five designs resemble established designs, or breach copyright."

    Once the winning license plate has been chosen, it is planned that the ministry will issue the plate to interested applicants from around October onward. For further details, visit, from July 3 onward (Japanese text only).

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