The elementary school children of Japan have chosen a modern design linked to the Tokyo 2020 logo as mascot for the next summer Olympics.

Mascot A topped the ballot with 109,041 votes. Mascot B, based on a Japanese fox, got 61,423 and Mascot C, based on a fairy tale character, came last with 35,291.

Letting Japan's children select a mascot will help the Tokyo organising committee to avoid any further scandal after a plagiarism row over the initial 2020 logo.

Mascots are a serious business in Japan, with thousands of cutesy characters backing virtually every municipality and tourist attraction in the country.

According to the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, Mascot A has "an old-fashioned charm that reflects tradition and also has a high-tech, cutting edge vibe. It has strong sense of justice, and is very athletic."

The mascot also has a special power "allowing it to move anywhere instantaneously", which would make it an easy winner in many Olympic sports.

Its Paralympic counterpart can "move things by just looking at them", making it a strong contender in field events.

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