The Japanese Olympic Committee and Japanese Paralympic Committee recently unveiled the anime characters that will appear on licensed Olympic merchandise as ambassadors of Japanese culture for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Infact, The official stores of JOC and JPC have already released some merchandise featuring these characters.
The finalised characters as ambassadors of Japanese culture are Astro Boy, Sailor Moon, Shin-Chan, Luffy (One Piece), Naruto, Jibanyan (Yōkai Watch), Goku (Dragon Ball Super), Cure Miracle and Cure Magical (Maho Girls Precure!). Even though the ambassadors are revealed, the mascot for 2020 Tokyo Olympics is yet to be finalised.
Many Japanese and Chinese fans were upset after the announcement of the characters, as some globally popular characters like Doraemon, Pikachu and Mario were not included in the list. Some Chinese fans have even questioned Goku's inclusion, as he is based on a popular Chinese character 'Sun Wukong' from the novel 'Journey to the West'.
Source : www.animenewsnetwork.com
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