Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have set up an official website for selling tickets.
The Olympic organizing committee told a news conference on Thursday that it will accept applications for tickets through a lottery on the official site during a 20-day period from May 9. Only people who live in Japan can apply. The winners will be announced on June 20.
People who want to buy tickets must first register on the official site to get their "Tokyo 2020 ID."
Starting this fall, tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the site. The organizers say the sale this year will be limited to people living in Japan, and they are asking people overseas to buy tickets through each country's national Olympic committee, or other official sellers.
From next spring, remaining tickets will be sold through official outlets to be set up in Tokyo.
In all, organizers plan to sell 7.8 million tickets for the 2020 Olympics, and the opening sale by lottery is expected to be the biggest opportunity to buy them.
The organizing committee said three operators of popular online flea market or auction sites, Mercari, Yahoo Japan, and Rakuten, will ban putting Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics tickets up for auction on their sites, in an effort to prevent illegal resale.