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ASIA / PACIFIC
May 2, 2016
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Organizers go for harmony
in new Tokyo 2020 logo
By Jim Armstrong
AP Sports Writer
OKYO — Organizers have
unveiled the new official logo
of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,
opting for blue and white simplicity
over more colorful designs.
The winning logo, by Japanese
designer Asao Tokoro, is entitled
Harmonized Checkered Emblem. It
features three varieties of indigo blue
rectangular shapes to represent
different countries, cultures, and
ways of thinking.
“My mind has gone blank as I just
found out my design won,” Tokoro
said. “I put a lot of time and effort into
this design as though it was my own
The initial logo by Japanese
designer Kenjiro Sano was scrapped
last year over allegations of
plagiarism because of its similarity to
the logo of a theater in Belgium.
A special selection committee was
subsequently established to choose
the new logo. The committee selected
the winning design from four finalists
that were shortlisted from 14,599
entries submitted in a contest open to
OVERFISHING OUTCOME. A prospective buyer inspects the
quality of fresh tuna before the first auction of the year at Tsukiji fish
market in Tokyo, in this January 5, 2016 file photo. The latest scientific
assessment paints a likely bleak future for the Pacific bluefin tuna, a sushi
lovers’ favorite whose population has dropped by more than 97 percent
from its historic levels. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
Sushi alert: Grim
outlook for bluefin tuna
By Elaine Kurtenbach
AP Business Writer
OKYO — The latest scientific assessment paints a
likely bleak future for the Pacific bluefin tuna, a
sushi lovers’ favorite whose population has
dropped by more than 97 percent from its historic levels.
A draft summary of a report by the International
Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in
the North Pacific Ocean seen by The Associated Press
shows the current population of bluefin tuna is estimated
at 2.6 percent of its “unfished” size. A previous assessment
put the population at an already dire 4.2 percent.
The report says overfishing has continued despite calls
to reduce catches to allow the species to recover. In some
areas, bluefin tuna is harvested at triple the levels
considered to be sustainable.
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HARMONIZED CHECKERED EMBLEM. Japanese designer Asao Tokoro holds the new
official logos of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, left, and the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, right, after a
press conference in Tokyo. A ring of interconnected indigo blue rectangular shapes is the new sym-
bol of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
The logo has a corresponding
The unveiling ceremony was
design for the Paralympics.
attended by Tokyo 2020 president
Japanese baseball great Sadaharu Yoshiro Mori, International Olympic
Oh, who was a member of the Committee vice president John
selection committee, announced the Coates, and Tokyo governor Yoichi
winning design in April.
China plans to land on Mars by 2020
By Didi Tang
The Associated Press
EIJING — Work is proceeding quickly on China’s
planned mission to land a rover on Mars by 2020,
the chief administrator of the country’s ambitious
space program has said.
Formally announced in January, China’s Mars voyage
will attempt to re-create the success of the U.S. Viking 1
mission that landed a rover on the planet four decades
“What we would like to do is to orbit Mars, make a
landing, and rove around for reconnaissance in one
mission, which is quite a challenge,” China National
Space Administration head Xu Dazhe said at a rare news
conference. “This is a project that has attracted much
attention from both the science and space fields.”
Xu said China will further explore civilian uses of space
technology in areas such as navigation, remote sensing,
and communications, and will seek international
Since conducting its first crewed mission on a Chinese-
built Shenzhou spacecraft in 2003, China has launched an
experimental space station called the Tiangong 1, staged
a spacewalk, and landed its Yutu rover on the moon.
This year, it plans to launch components for a larger,
permanent Tiangong 2 space station sometime after the
beginning of June, as well as the Shenzhou 11 spaceship
with two astronauts on board who are scheduled to dock
with the station and live in it for several days.
Administrators suggest a manned landing on the Moon
may also be in the program’s future.
A source of enormous national pride, China’s
military-backed space program plans a total of 20 space
missions this year at a time when the U.S. and other
countries’ programs are seeking new roles.
China is also developing the Long March 5 heavier-lift
rocket needed to launch the Tiangong 2 and other massive
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