Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascots unveiled

The Japanese Olympic Committee unveiled the three finalists for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics mascot designs, while elementary school children across Japan will be the decision makers.

Each of the three finalist proposals is a pair of mascots, one each for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The elementary school classes' decision will be announced on February 28, 2018.

The first final candidate set has an Olympic character based on a futuristic vision of the world, and decorated with a traditional checkered pattern to embody Japan's tradition and innovation.

Proposal B pairs a character modeled on a lucky cat and an inari fox with one modeled on a guardian dog at a shrine.

As for Candidate C, the Olympic mascot features a fox, while the Paralympic mascot is inspired by a raccoon dog.

Japanese schoolchildren will help determine the mascot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Cultural Affairs Commissioner Ryohei Miyata, who chairs the organizing committee's mascot-screening panel, said he was hoping many schools would take the chance to shape the games and Japan's future through their votes because children "represent the future".

▼ Olympics mascots on top row, Paralympics mascots below. The members include TV personality Shoko Nakagawa.

The children of Japan will get to vote on the victor, with each primary school class casting a single vote between December 11 and February 22.

The committee is still now accepting participating schools.

The three finalists were selected from among 2,042 entries submitted by the public, with the victor to be announced on February 28. Students from Japanese schools outside Japan and from Japan's global schools are also eligible to vote.

After being named by experts, the mascots will be officially announced from July to August.