Tokyo 2020 names robo cat Doraemon Special Ambassador
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(SFC) Doraemon, one of Japan’s most beloved anime characters, will become the first special ambassador in support of Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tokyo 2020 announced. The robotic cat from the 22nd century was appointed Japan’s first anime ambassador by the country’s Foreign Ministry in 2008.
The original Doraemon series, which began in 1969, ran for 1,344 episodes and embodies the Japanese core values of respect and friendship, which are also Olympic Values. The character was named in Times Asia magazine’s Asia’s 22 heroes in 2002, the only anime character to make the list.
“The global popularity of Japanese anime as represented by Doraemon is a powerful reminder of Japan’s ability to inspire young people,” Tokyo 2020 CEO and Japanese Olympic Committee Vice President Masato Mizuno said. “Is also adds further credibility to our promise to deliver a dynamic celebration that strengthens Olympic Values and encourages young people to pursue their dreams through sport. We are delighted to have our resourceful friend Doraemon on our Bid team"
Tokyo is bidding for the 2020 Games against Istanbul and Madrid and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is set to make their final vote on the 7th of September in Buenos Aires.
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