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Colorful license plates chosen to celebrate 2020 Games

A license plate with a design by Naoto Uchida to commemorate the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics is pictured in this photo taken at the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry in Tokyo on Aug. 8, 2017. (Mainichi)

The government has selected an entry by a Tokyo designer in a competition to create automobile license plates to celebrate the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

    The work by competition winner Naoto Uchida, 45, uses 12 colors to express individuality and diversity. It is designed in a way to depict lights concentrating in the center and to express fast movement toward the future.

    The screening committee comprised of experts selected five out the 96 entries as the final candidates and then asked the public to vote for their favorite among the five finalists. The panel in the end selected Uchida's work because it "is future-oriented and expresses diversity." Committee members also said with this design the license plate is recognizable as a commemorative project even when the cars are moving.

    People can obtain commemorative license plates when they buy cars or have their cars undergo a regular inspection on condition that they pay at least 1,000 yen as a donation in addition to a regular issuance fee which varies from area to area (7,210 yen in the Tokyo region).

    Businesses commissioned by the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry will begin accepting applications for 2020 Games commemorative license plates on Sept. 4 and begin distributing them on Oct. 10.

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