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Press Release
14 June 2012
Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd. (JPRS)

JPRS files a New gTLD Program application with ICANN to establish ".jprs" for the purpose of research for the Internet

- To contribute to the advancement of JP domain name services and the Internet community -

Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd. (JPRS: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President Koki Higashida) today announces that it has applied for ".jprs" as ICANN (*1) opened the application window for the new gTLD program.

ICANN has expanded new gTLDs (top-level domains such as ".com" and ".net" ) twice in the past, in 2000 and 2003. In those times, certain limits were placed on the number of new gTLDs to be established, and all gTLD applications were evaluated against the criteria in light of the values created by the gTLDs.

In the new gTLD program of 2012, ICANN did not set such limits placed in the past, and accepted all applications submitted from January 12 to May 30, 2012. ICANN has announced that the applied gTLDs shall be approved, in principle, if all the program requirements are satisfied.

".jprs" has been applied by JPRS as a TLD with a primary purpose of research and development for the Internet. It is intended to provide an environment where autonomous research pertaining to the Internet can be conducted, and it is aiming to serve a wide purpose with the knowledge gained through its operations.

JPRS will make use of the knowledge gained through ".jprs" operations by providing research results for the ".jp" development to achieve better services. Additionally, JPRS plans to leverage ".jprs" for the purpose of gaining recognition of domain names, raising awareness of correct usage, and providing valuable information for the entire Internet community.

".jprs" will be used in collaborative research and studies with JPRS partners such as accredited business partners and technology communities. Unlike existing gTLDs, ".jprs" will not be accepting registrations from the public at large, and JPRS itself will be the sole registrant of ".jprs."

In order to establish ".jprs," the application must get through the evaluation process conducted by ICANN, and then we must enter into a registry agreement with ICANN. We estimate that if ICANN is able to start the evaluation process sometime this year(2012), then ".jprs" domain shall be established in mid 2013.

As a leading company supporting and upholding the Internet/network infrastructure, JPRS will continue to make every effort to provide better services for the expansion of the Internet and to create a better future for people and society.


About JPRS

JPRS is a leading service provider for management and registration of domain names and for the domain name system (DNS) operations. The company was established on December 26, 2000. As a company dedicated to maintaining the Internet infrastructure of Japan, JPRS operates under a corporate philosophy which aims to contribute to the expansion of the Internet and to building a better future for people and society.


References

  1. ".jprs" - The Background and Purpose of Our New gTLD Establishment -
    http://jprs.co.jp/en/notice/whatisdotjprs-e.pdf

Explanation of terms

*1. ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers)

ICANN is a non-profit corporation established in October 1998, with the goal of coordinating and managing the Internet resources globally.

The tasks of ICANN include allocation of IP (Internet Protocol) address space, assignment of protocol identifiers, name system management for gTLD (generic Top-Level Domain) and ccTLD (country code Top-Level Domain) and system administration of root servers.

http://www.icann.org/


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