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April 14, 2009

Tokyo: design mistake Ginkgo badge

The original badge produced by the Tokyo Bureau of Sewerage, top, and the redesigned version.

Tokyo metropolitan government's Sewage Bureau spent about 34 million yen having a new set of badges made for staff uniforms after a problem was found with the logo on an original batch of 20,000. The new uniforms were ordered during the spring, after the design got a go-ahead from managers. However, it was noticed later that the uniforms' silicone badges, which bear the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's Ginkgo leaf crest and office name, also contained a small wavy blue line, designed to represent cleaning water. This was deemed a violation of the bureau's basic design manual, and new badges were subsequently ordered at a total cost of 34 million yen.
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