Cumulative Number of Registered JP Domain Names Exceeds One Million
- General-use JP Domain Names Quadrupled in 7 Years -
On 4 March 2008, JPRS announced that the cumulative number of registered JP domain names as of 1 March 2008 exceeded one million for the first time, hitting 1,003,285.
Of 1,003,285 registrations, 622,903 are the General-use JP domain names (e.g., EXAMPLE.JP) (ASCII: 480,890; and Japanese: 142,013). The rest consists of the Organizational Type JP domain names (e.g., EXAMPLE.CO.JP) and Geographic Type JP domain names, recording 380,382.
The General-use JP domain names marked 17% increase by over 90,000 from 532,699 to 622,903, while Organizational and Geographic Type JP domain names grew by steady 4%.
This rapid growth of the General-use JP domain name was propelled by the rise of companies setting up a website for each of their product as well as individuals sending out information to the Internet through various online means including blogs. Also, JPRS regards that a series of its measures to improve its services, including reduction of registration fee in March 2007, has promoted registrations and active utilization of the General-use JP domain names.
Back in May 1992, when JP domain names were managed by a small group of researchers, there were only 795 JP domain names. In 1993, JPNIC (Japan Network Information Center), the predecessor of JPRS, was established and took over the responsibility to manage JP domain names. Since then, registration of JP domain names has taken a leap forward with increased commercial use of the Internet, which resulted in 100,000 registrations in 1999. Then in February 2001, when JPRS launched General-use JP domain names, the number of registration expanded further and marked 240,000. JP domain names has continued to increase along with the Internet growth in Japan, which led to the recent accomplishment of one million registrations for the first time in the history of JP domain names.