022 My wish

■Email received on December 1 at 12:11
From Mr. E, Organizing Committee to Keiko Hirano 

The email confirmed that my message declining the invitation to take part in the investigation was duly received; and further commented that “We deeply regret your non-cooperation (in the review)”.

■Email sent on December 1 at 12:35
From Keiko Hirano to Mr. E, Organizing Committee

Dear Mr. E,

How could you say that you “deeply regret (my) non-cooperation”? This is truly beyond my comprehension. 

If you are really feeling regretful, why can’t you respond in good faith to the important questions I raised and the terms I proposed? I deliberated what was really necessary for this investigation, gave thought to terms and conditions that I felt were crucial and should be in place, and made a number of requests—none of which were recognized or allowed. I am the one who is deeply regretting the outcome.

I deeply regret that I cannot take part in the review. It is my wish that there will be no withholding of facts. Furthermore, I do not want to see false accusations brought against anyone for the purpose of self-protection.

Keiko Hirano

These are the 32 emails, the total conversations, I exchanged with the Organizing Committee regarding the investigation.

I understand that the findings of the hearing by external advisors will be released tomorrow afternoon, on December 18. It is my wish that the investigation has helped clarify the cause of the problem—as much as possible—and the results will reveal a bona-fide analysis, telling us that the investigation was conducted in quest for the truth.

Keiko Hirano

Keiko Hirano:
Designer/Visioner, Executive Director of Communication Design Laboratory
Hirano served on the panel that chose the official emblem for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which was ultimately withdrawn.