Logo for 150 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Switzerland
Press release, 10.04.2013
Article - In 2014 Switzerland and Japan will celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations and friendship. During the anniversary year, a wide range of activities will emphasise the similarities between the two countries, strengthen the links of friendship between them and promote cultural exchanges. With the anniversary year approaching, an open competition was organised for an official anniversary logo. The contest met with a huge response in Switzerland and in Japan. The contest jury evaluated over 230 entries, with the winning design coming from Swiss graphic designer Francesca Porro.
The winning design shows the Swiss cross and the Japanese flag linked by an arch. Together with the number 150 this forms the logo to mark the 150th anniversary in 2014 of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Japan. The design by Ticino graphic designer Francesca Porro was chosen as the official anniversary logo. In all, 231 entries were received, 136 from Japan and 96 from Switzerland. The competition was open to all persons resident in Switzerland and Japan with Swiss or Japanese nationality (regardless of their place of residence). Entries were received from 1 October to 30 November 2012.