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Press Release
4 November 2014
Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd. (JPRS)

JPRS Introduces Japanese Characters into Prefecture Labels of Prefecture Type JP Domain Names

Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd. (JPRS: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Koki Higashida) today announced that it has made the names of the 47 prefectures in Japan (Prefecture Labels) specified in the "Prefecture Type JP Domain Name" space that it administers available in Japanese, in addition to ASCII (alphanumeric) characters, as of Monday, 3 November 2014 (national holiday) as originally planned.

A Prefecture Type JP Domain Name such as "example.aomori.jp," "example.tokyo.jp" and "example.nagasaki.jp" contains a Prefecture Label at the second level on the immediate left of ".jp". With this introduction of Prefecture Labels in Japanese, names consisting of Japanese characters at both the second and third levels can be registered and utilized, as shown in the following examples:

○○温泉.長野.jp
○○寺.京都.jp
○○うどん.香川.jp

JPRS has actively participated in IETF [*1] to engage in standardization of the Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) [*2] technologies and has steadily improved the IDN usage environment over the years. Moreover, by introducing the Japanese Prefecture Labels, JPRS as the registry for .JP is contributing to the growth and usage of Japanese JP domain names as well as IDNs.

As an enterprise that supports the foundation of the network infrastructure, JPRS will continue to make further efforts to improve the quality of its services, and thereby contributing to the development of the Internet and the building of a better future for everyone.


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.


Glossary

*1.IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force)
https://www.ietf.org/
IETF was established by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) in 1986 with the objective of promoting the standardization of Internet technologies. The technical specifications developed at the IETF are published and widely referred to as part of the Request for Comments (RFC) document series.
*2.IDN (Internationalized Domain Name)
IDN means domain names with non-ASCII characters or the technical standard for such domain names.


References

  1. JPRS Will Introduce Japanese Characters into Prefecture Labels of Prefecture Type JP Domain Name
    http://jprs.co.jp/press/2014/140827.html
    (Published on 27 August 2014, Japanese only)
  2. Japanese 2LD of Prefecture Type JP Domain Name
    http://jprs.jp/about/jp-dom/prefecture-idn2ld.html
    (Published on 1 September 2014, Japanese only)

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