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Gods of wind, thunder win vote to appear on coins for 2020 Games

Thunder god Raijin, left, appears in the design of the coin commemorating the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, while wind god Fujin appears on a coin for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

The Yomiuri ShimbunImages of Japanese deities, taken from an artwork called “Wind God and Thunder God Screens,” were chosen as motifs for the design of ¥500 coins commemorating the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Finance Ministry has announced.

This is the first time for coin designs to be decided by a public poll. Votes were cast mainly via Twitter and by post to choose one out of the three sets of designs. The other two sets depicted Mt. Fuji and the new National Stadium.

The design of thunder god Raijin will appear on the coin commemorating the Olympics, while that of wind god Fujin will appear on the coin for the Paralympics. Of a total of 66,318 votes, “Wind God and Thunder God Screens” garnered 28,741, or more than 40 percent. The National Stadium earned 21,053, while Mt. Fuji gained 16,451.

The coins will be available at their ¥500 face value at banks and other financial institutions across the nation.

The coins are expected to be issued around July next year, and the ministry will finalize the details later.Speech

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