2015.10.10 Saturday

001 My way of taking responsibility

Immediately after the emblem for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo was officially unveiled on July 24, Belgian designer Olivier Debie raised an objection, and trouble ensued. Various problems continued to surface, one after another. As a member of the panel that chose the Tokyo Olympics logo, not a day has gone by without feeling pain in my heart. I would like to offer my sincerest apologies for not speaking up in public until now.

During this time, I was approached by various media companies including newspapers, television and magazines, seeking interviews and information. I found myself in an extreme situation beyond comprehension and experience. I was unable to respond, let alone make decisions on the spot. Furthermore, I had to consider the fact that I was part of a panel of eight judges. I did not want my single voice to affect the other seven members of the panel. That is why I chose to keep my silence. I would like to take this opportunity to offer my apologies to members of the press who contacted me.

Personally, I was ready to take responsibility for my role as a member of the panel that chose the set of emblems. However, once the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games allowed a group photograph of the panel members to circulate—without obtaining individual verification—it was picked up by television programs with the intent to entertain rather than inform, which helped create and spread a certain image. We found ourselves treated like criminals. We were left vulnerable with no way to defend ourselves.
I found mass media’s information spreading mechanism quite frightening. My resolve to choose the right way of taking responsibility grew stronger. I did not want to choose a way that could be misconstrued as biased information.

I believe in “anonymity in design.” The policy is one of my strong priorities. In addition, as a way to preserve confidentiality in my professional work, I have always distanced myself from social media. However, when I saw how time was passing by while the cloud of suspicion related to the emblem issue showed no sign of dissipating I decided I had to speak up. I decided to create this page in order to speak to the general public and the contest participants who spent their precious time preparing for and taking part in the competition. As a panel member, I wanted to inform what I came to know, in a responsible way, limiting myself to the scope and field I could take responsibility for, never wavering from the crux of the matter.
I decided I had to put everything down in writing. 

On numerous occasions, I have offered my total cooperation to the Organizing Committee. I have yet to receive a clear response. To ensure that the new selection process which will begin soon will be more fruitful, using this public forum, I would like to reiterate my wish to cooperate: “Let me take part in the evaluation process.”
Keiko Hirano
Keiko Hirano:
Designer/Visioner, Executive Director of Communication Design Laboratory
Hirano served on the panel that chose the official emblem for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which was ultimately withdrawn.

001 責任がとれる方法で 002 公募期間の短さ 003 『展開』『展開性』『展開力』 004 知らされなかった招待作家 005 ブログを読んで下さっているみなさまへ 006 利害優先の土壌 007 修正案承諾拒否の経緯と理由 - vol.1 008 修正案承諾拒否の経緯と理由 - vol.2 009 『公』の仕事 010 専門家の盾 011 秘密保持誓約書という密室 012 いまこそ、私心なき専門性を問う 013 判断の論拠 014 最終の審議 015 金銭感覚と敬意の相対性 016 表現におけるモラリティと表現者のモラル 017 言葉のちから 018 何のための調査なのか、調査の目的は何なのか - vol.1 019 何のための調査なのか、調査の目的は何なのか - vol.2 020 何のための調査なのか、調査の目的は何なのか - vol.3 021 何のための調査なのか、調査の目的は何なのか - vol.4 022 願い 023 摩訶不思議な調査報告書 024 負の遺産とならないように 025 出口なき迷路 026 届かぬ思い 027「社会に位置づくデザイン」という観点 028 無責任主義の村 029 審査委員として知り得た情報のすべて 030 新聞寄稿文への異論 - vol.1 031 新聞寄稿文への異論 - vol.2 032 1対3の構図 - 「A案」VS「BCD案」 033 今を生きる 034 負の連鎖……を断つために 035 欲望の公害 精神の断絶 036 イカサマ文書 by JAGDA - vol.1 037 イカサマ文書 by JAGDA - vol.2 038 イカサマ文書 by JAGDA - vol.3 039 事実はひとつ 040 新世界へ 041 JAGDA文書への意見と要望 ― 法律の専門家による分析 042 JAGDAの回答 JAGDAへの要望書 043 「要望書へのJAGDAの回答」に対する更なる質問 044 「意見書へのJAGDAの回答」に対する質問と提案 045 ブラック・デザイン 046 弁護士から届いた封書 047 おとぎの国の物語 048 退会届
Tokyo 2020 Olympics Logo Controversy--Facts and Observations 001 My way of taking responsibility 002 Duration of contest was way short 003 “Development” “Development Capabilities” “Development Power” 004 Guest artists I wasn’t told about 005 To My Readers 006 A culture where special interests take priority 007 How and why I refused to accept the modified design - vol.1 008 How and why I refused to accept the modified design - vol.2 009 Strictly “public” work 010 Specialists as shields 011 Behind closed doors-secrecy surrounding a non-disclosure agreement 012 Time to put selfless expertise to the test 013 Rationale behind my decision 014 The final review session 015 Is the money mindset relative to paying respect? 016 Morality of expression and the morals of its creator 017 The power of words 018 An investigation for what? What is the purpose of the investigation - vol.1 019 An investigation for what? What is the purpose of the investigation - vol.2 020 An investigation for what? What is the purpose of the investigation - vol.3 021 An investigation for what? What is the purpose of the investigation - vol.4 022 My wish 023 Mystifying investigation report is out 024 In order to prevent a negative legacy 025 Stuck in a maze with no exit 026 A voice unheard 027 A viewpoint that calls for “design with a place in society” 028 A village with a policy of irresponsibility 029 Every piece of information that I garnered as a judge on the selection committee 030 Objections to a newspaper contribution - vol.1 031 Objections to a newspaper contribution - vol.2 032 The underlying picture of one against three - “Plan A” versus “Plans BCD” 033 Living in the moment 034 Putting a stop……to a negative chain of events 035 Pollution by greed and discontinuity of the spirit 036 Bogus document by JAGDA - vol.1 037 Bogus document by JAGDA - vol.2 038 Bogus document by JAGDA - vol.3 039 Every fact has only one version 040 Toward a whole new world 041 Opinion and request regarding JAGDA document―An analysis by a legal specialist 042 Reply from JAGDA Request letter to JAGDA 043 More questions re: "Reply from JAGDA regarding Request Letter" 044 Questions and proposal re: "Reply from JAGDA regarding Request Letter" 045 Rogue design 046 Letter from the lawyers 047 Tales from Wonderland 048 Withdrawal Notice