Local governments across Japan and corporate sponsors have received over 530,000 applications from people hoping to run in the Tokyo Olympic torch relay next year.
The torch relay will start in Fukushima Prefecture on March 26 and continue into July 24, at the opening ceremony. About 10,000 runners are expected to take part in the nation-wide relay.
Prefectural governments and four companies sponsoring the torch relay had accepted applications from the public from mid-June to August.
The organizing committee says 535,717 applications were tendered to the firms and local governments.
In Hyogo Prefecture, only one out of about 225 applicants will be successful. It had the highest number of applicants among all prefectures.
Some other prefectures have also received more than 200 applicants for each leg of the relay.
The governments and sponsors will notify the organizing committee of applicants they recommend for final selection.
Successful applicants will be notified by email in December.