"United by Emotion" has been revealed as the motto for this summer's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the games organizing committee said Monday.
A committee comprised of former athletes and others picked the motto in the hope it will inspire people of various backgrounds to acknowledge each other and connect through the emotions evoked at the Summer Games.
The Tokyo Olympics will be held between July 24 and Aug. 9, and Paralympics from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6.
The committee members included Takeshi Matsuda, a winner of four Olympic medals in swimming, Wakako Tsuchida who won a total of seven medals competing in ice sledge speed racing and wheelchair racing, organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto and actress Tamiyo Kusakari among others.
"We must make it the first step toward an inclusive society amid ongoing divisions across the world," Muto said at a press conference. "The key to living together is to be united by emotion."
The organizers said the motto in English will be displayed at competition venues, on city street decorations and licensed goods as well as digital media.
It also said a laser mapping display will be projected onto Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest broadcasting tower at 634 meters, from Monday to March 25 to celebrate the creation of the motto.
The mottos for the recent summer and winter games were "A New World" in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and "Passion. Connected." at Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018.