Japan 2012 Official Emblem and ambassadors unveiled
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The Official Emblem and tournament ambassadors of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Japan 2012 were announced today at the headquarters of the Japan Football Association (JFA) by Junji Ogura, President of the JFA and chairman of the Local Organising Committee, and Kohzo Tashima, Vice-President of the JFA and vice-chairman of the Local Organising Committee.

Aya Miyama (Okayama Yunogo Belle) and Homare Sawa (INAC Kobe Leonessa), members of the team that won the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ last year, were appointed as tournament ambassadors.

"It is an honour to be assigned as an ambassador for the tournament,” said Miyama. “I'm happy also to see such a pretty official emblem for the tournament."

“Irrespective of age and sex I would like all fans to support the young Japan Women's team and take the opportunity to see the best young players from around the world."

The Official Emblem depicts a paper crane symbolising Japanese tradition and hope, the youthfulness of the women participating in the tournament (pink), the bright summer sun during August when the competition will take place (yellow), the lustrous green pitch, and last but not least, the endless blue sky inviting all participants to open their wings and fly out to the world.

Finally, the pink heart that appears in the year number expresses gratitude for the continuous support that Japan has received from FIFA and the football family across the world since the March 2011 earthquake.