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image by Zachary Harden, 25 August 2017
The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC; 日本オリンピック委員会, Nippon Orinpikku Iinkai) was formed in July of 1911 as the Japan Amateur Sports Association. The organization became indepdent of the JASA in August 1989 and, as of this writing, hosted three Olympic games (Tokyo Summer 1964, Sapporo Winter 1972 and Nagano Winter 1998) and are organizing a fourth one for the summer of 2020 in Tokyo.
Zachary Harden, 25 August 2017
The flag is a logo on white. The logo, the "first emblem" according to the JOC is the national flag placed above the Olympic rings. While the adoption of the flag is not certain, the emblem was adopted in 1962 and was designed by Tatsuo Wakino of the Japan Skating Federation Council (nee Saito) at the request of Prince Tsuneyoshi Takeda (then a committee member of the JOC).
Zachary Harden, 25 August 2017
Before each Olympic competition, a special flag is presented from the Japanese Olympic Committee to the main flag bearer of the opening ceremony. This banner is a dressed-up national flag with an imperial scroll on the hoist side of the flag. The gold on purple text reads "Granted by His Imperial Highness Prince Chichibu" (秩父宮殿下御下賜). This flag is not used in any ceremonies outside of Japan and stays in the country. At the end of the Olympic competition, the flag bearer hands the flag back to the JOC to signify the dissolution of the Olympic team.
image by Zachary Harden, 26 June 2018
The Olympians Association of Japan (日本オリンピアンズ協会, Nippon Orinpianzu Kyōkai, OAJ) was founded in September 2003 to organize the current and
former Olympic athletes from Japan to promote sport but also the
Olympic Movement. It is also a member of the World Olympians
Association. The emblem of the OAJ is the Olympic rings on top of a
lit torch; on this torch is the Japanese flag. This emblem, whose
adoption date is unknown, is used on a white field for the OAJ flag.
This flag can be seen here.
image by Zachary Harden, 20 September 2017
Pre-2011 Olympic ring modification:
For the Japan Olympic Academy (日本オリンピック・アカデミー, Nippon orinpikku akademī), it was founded in 1970 and it develops
future Japanese athletes to get them ready for Olympic competition.
The emblem, whose creation date is unknown, is the monogram "JOA" in
gold placed on top of the Olympic Rings. There are two versions of the
JOA flag, mostly to correspond with the changes of the Olympic Rings
(pre-2011 with the interlocking rings with an outline and the current
pattern with the interlocking rings with no outlines).
images by Zachary Harden, 03 October 2017
GAMES FLAG BEARER SPORT ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018 Pyeongchang Noriaki Kasai (OP)* Ski Jumping Nao Kodaira (CL) Speed Skating 2016 Lillehammer (YOG) Ito Masamitsu Ski Jumping 2016 Rio Keisuke Ushiro Athletics 2014 Nanjing (YOG) Akane Yamaguchi Badminton 2014 Sochi Ayumi Ogasawara Curling 2012 Innsbruck (YOG) Sumire Kikuchi Speed Skating 2012 London Saori Yoshida Wrestling 2010 Singapore (YOG) Ayuka Tanioka Table Tennis 2010 Vancouver Tomomi Okazaki Speed Skating 2008 Beijing Ai Fukuhara Table Tennis 2006 Turin Joji Kato Speed Skating 2004 Athens Kyoko Hamaguchi Wrestling 2002 Salt Lake City Eriko Sanmiya Speed Skating 2000 Sydney Kosei Inoue Judo 1998 Nagano Hiroyasu Shimizu Speed Skating 1996 Atlanta Ryoko Tamura (OP) Judo Yuko Arimori (CL) Wrestling 1994 Lillehammer Reiichi Mikata Nordic Combined 1992 Albertville Tsutomu Kawasaki Short Track Speed Skating 1992 Barcelona Kumi Nakada Volleyball 1988 Calgary Seiko Hashimoto Speed Skating 1988 Seoul Mikako Kotani Synchronized Swimming 1984 Sarajevo Tadayuki Takahashi Figure Skating 1984 Los Angeles Shigenobu Murofushi Hammer Throw 1980 Lake Placid Osamu Wakabayashi Hockey 1976 Innsbruck Masaki Suzuki Speed Skating 1976 Montreal Katsutoshi Nekoda Volleyball 1972 Sapporo Mineyuki Mashiko Ski Jumping 1972 Munich Masatoshi Shinomaki Judo 1968 Grenoble Takaaki Kaneiri Hockey 1968 Mexico City Yukio Endo Gymnastics 1964 Innsbruck Sadao Kikuchi Ski Jumping 1964 Tokyo Makoto Fukui Swimming 1960 Squaw Valley Junko Ueno Figure Skating 1960 Rome Takashi Ono Gymnastics 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo Hiroshi Yoshizawa Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined 1956 Melbourne Shozo Sasahara Wrestling 1952 Oslo Tsuneo Sato Speed Skating 1952 Helsinki Bunkichi Sawada Athletics 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Kazuyoshi Oimatsu Figure Skating 1936 Berlin Kenkichi Oshima Athletics 1932 Lake Placid Unknown 1932 Los Angeles Mikio Oda Athletics 1928 Sankt Moritz Subaru Takahashi Cross-Country Skiing 1928 Amsterdam Yonetaro Nakazawa Athletics 1924 Paris Unknown 1920 Antwerp Unknown 1912 Stockholm Yahiko Mishima AthleticsEd. Notes: YOG - Youth Olympic Games. Games were played in the same year until 1994 which started with winter, then summer. Until those games, his list will have summer first, then winter, in the terms of order.