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ICANN: Japanese Community Forms Generation Panel for Developing the Japanese Root Zone Label Generation Rules

ICANN logo[news release] ICANN is pleased to announce that the Generation Panel for the Japanese Label Generation Rules (LGR) for the Root Zone has been seated.

Following the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules, on 6 February 2015 the Japanese community submitted to ICANN the Proposal for Generation Panel for Japanese Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone [PDF, 223 KB]. ICANN staff has reviewed the proposal including panel composition and scope, to ensure that requirements set forth in the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], and in particular the criteria set forth in the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules, are fulfilled.

On behalf of ICANN, we would like to use this opportunity to thank each of the members for offering their time and expertise to volunteer for the Japanese Generation Panel.

With composition and work plan approved, the Japanese Generation Panel will start its work on the label generation rules. According to the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], the starting point of any Generation Panel’s work is the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR), with its first version (MSR-1) released on 20 June 2014 and the second version (MSR-2) currently released for community review. The full specification of Generation Panel’s tasks can be found in the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB] in particular, Section B.3 “Variant Rule Generation Procedure”.

ICANN has provided a central public workspace on the project website where Japanese Generation Panel composition, work plan updates, public reports, contact details, and any other relevant information will be included.

As a reminder, and to highlight the importance of script community involvement required in the development of the IDN Root Zone LGR, we would like to reiterate the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules. A successful development of the Root Zone LGR depends on having Generation Panels for each script represented in the Root Zone. In addition to ongoing efforts with the Arabic, Armenian, Chinese and Japanese, Generation Panel formation is expected to cover other scripts including Bengali, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Ethiopic, Georgian, Greek, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Hebrew, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Latin, Myanmar, Oriya, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Thai and Tibetan.

For further information on how to form a Generation Panel, please refer to the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules and to the additional supporting documentation provided on the Root Zone LGR Project website. Individual interests may be emailed to idntlds@icann.org.


ICANN‘s mission is to ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer – a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn’t have one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers. ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet’s naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. For more information please visit: www.icann.org

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GMO Receives Government Support For .OSAKA

The Japanese GMO Registry has received support from the Osaka Prefectural Government to operate the .OSAKA gTLD, should the application to ICANN be successful.

The letter of support from the government follows an evaluation of GMO’s bid. While already moving forward with its ICANN application for the .OSAKA extension, GMO Registry is preparing a marketing strategy aimed at growing awareness of the Osaka brand throughout industries including tourism, commerce, culture, and sport, both within Japan and internationally.

The evaluation of applicants took into account registration policy, operational policy, vision, business planning, service content and compliance with relevant laws.

GMO Registry Backs .OKINAWA and .RYUKYU

Japanese Registry GMO Registry has added the Japanese Okinanawan gTLDs of .OKINAWA and .RYUKYU to its list of potential gTLD applicants that it will provide services for upon ICANN approving its Applicant Guidebook, that could possibly be as soon as Monday.

The registry is already working with Japanese companies Hitachi and Canon who have expressed a desire for their own gTLDs.

Of the potential applicants, Okinawa is the southernmost prefecture of Japan, and its sub tropical climate and beautiful ocean surrounds make it a popular tourist destination. The Ryukyu Islands are a chain of islands in the west pacific governed by Okinawa prefecture.

For .OKINAWA, eight Okinawan businesses have come together to invest in the establishment of new registry company DotRyukyu (expected to be complete in August). GMO Registry has been chosen to partner with the new registry to provide support during the application process, and to build and operate its backend systems. The two companies will also engage in joint marketing.

.ORG Registry Waives Renewal Fees For Japanese Registrants Affected By Recent Disaster

Public Interest Registry .ORG logo[news release] In light of the recent disasters that have devastated Japan, .ORG, The Public Interest Registry (PIR) today announced a plan to waive renewal fees for Japanese domain name holders who are unable to renew their .ORG domain names. Together with PIR, more than 15 participating Registrars have committed to automatically renew for one year at no cost the .ORG domain names that would unintentionally expire due to the inability of the owner in Japan to re-up their registration.  Affected names will include those with expiration dates within the March 11 – June 11, 2011 period.

“The recent earthquake in Japan and the destruction that followed has shocked and saddened everyone, including the Internet community,” said Brian Cute, CEO of .ORG, The Public Interest Registry. “Survivors have been left without the basic necessities, let alone Internet capabilities. By waiving the renewal fees and working with our Registrars, we are protecting .ORG registrants in Japan from losing their domain names during a time when they and their country need to focus on sustaining and rebuilding. PIR’s goal, along with our valuable partners, is to assist in any way we can.”

Note: Before renewing your .ORG domain name, Japanese registrants need to check their registrar is participating in this scheme.

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Asia Internet Market Soars

According to the Internet analyst company’s latest statement, the regional Internet audience grew at an average of 14 percent during the first half of the year to hit 319 million users. India registered the strongest growth at 27 percent with over 28 million users, followed by China at 14 percent growth with over 102 million, said comScore.

Taiwan and Malaysia also clocked double-digit growth at 12 percent for both. ComScore said the more mature, saturated Internet markets of Japan and Singapore were at the bottom of the list, growth wise.

Additionally, it was found that Internet users in the region spend less time online than the worldwide average, with users in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan spending the most time in the region. Nonetheless, these were still below the worldwide average, said comScore.

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