.JP Domain Names
What is a .JP domain?
The .JP domain is the internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Japan. Located in Eastern Asia, Japan is an island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, east of the Korean Peninsula. Japan includes includes the Bonin Islands (Ogasawara-gunto), Daito-shoto, Minami-jima, Okino-tori-shima, Ryukyu Islands (Nansei-shoto), and Volcano Islands (Kazan-retto). All combined, they cover an area of 145,883 square miles, just slightly smaller than the state of California. These islands hold a population of 127,288,416 people, and the national language is Japanese.
Japan flourished its indigenous culture in more than two centuries in isolation as a military dictatorship. Following the Treaty of Kanagawa with the US in 1854, Japan opened its ports and began to intensively modernize and industrialize. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 - triggering America's entry into World War II - and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia. After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and ally of the United States. The economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth, but Japan still remains a major economic power, both in Asia and globally.
Why should I register a .JP domain name?
The .JP domain has become extremely popular within Japanese borders in addition to companies that conduct business in Japan. As of December 1, 2008, .JP had 1,058,890 registrations. Registering a .JP domain can be extremely important for several reasons including protecting your trademark, developing a business presence in Japan, growing your Japanese business, and gaining Japanese confidence. If your company is looking to grow business in the Japanese market, registering a .JP domain could be a great head-start!
Registering ccTLDs offers another way to protect your online identity, as well as that of your business. We all know how important it is to protect our personal identity. The same should be true when considering the identity of your business or trademark online. Your assets are important whether in the form of a bank account or a domain name, and they need to be protected. When you register your trademark in a ccTLD domain, you are taking one more step to protect what is critical to you and your livelihood. By purchasing your trademark in a ccTLD, you do not have to worry about a competitor acquiring that name. Think how much easier it is to be the original owner instead of attempting to procure the domain from another party.
If you are looking to own domain names with shorter names or more common words, ccTLDs may be the way to go. As we all know, attempting to obtain these types of domain in more popular extensions can be difficult. Most ccTLD domains are still becoming populated, dramatically increasing the chances that your domain is available. Be sure to grab your .JP domain today!
Are there any restrictions on registering a .JP domain?
There are several restrictions to registering a .JP domain. Second-level registrations must have a Japanese mailing address. Third-level registrations can have varying rules depending on which second-level name they are beneath.