Domains and domain names—Japan—Q&A guide
Domains and domain names—Japan—Q&A guide

The following TMT practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Domains and domain names—Japan—Q&A guide
  • 1. Which entity is responsible for registration of domain names in the country code top-level domain (ccTLD)?
  • 2. How are domain names registered?
  • 3. For how long is registration effective?
  • 4. What is the cost of registration?
  • 5. Are registered domain names transferable? If so, how? Can the use of a domain name be licensed?
  • 6. What are the differences, if any, with registration in the ccTLD as compared with a generic top-level domain (gTLD)?
  • 7. Is the registrant’s contact information freely available? Can the registrant use a privacy service to hide its contact information?
  • 8. If a registrant’s contact information is hidden, under what circumstances will it be disclosed? What processes are available to lift a registrant’s privacy shield?
  • 9. Are third parties (such as trademark holders) notified of a domain name registration or attempt to register a domain name? If so, how? If not, how can third parties receive notice?
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Domains and domain names—Japan—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to domains and domain names in Japan published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: January 2020).

Authors: YUASA and HARA—Kozo Yabe

1. Which entity is responsible for registration of domain names in the country code top-level domain (ccTLD)?

The Japan Registry Service KK (JPRS) is responsible for registration of .jp, the ccTLD in Japan. The JPRS assumed registration services for .jp from the Japan Network Information Centre (JPNIC) in 2002. The JPNIC now primarily handles the administration of internet resources, including IP addresses, the study of international practices and policies for internet-related matters and researching technologies related to internet infrastructure.

2. How are domain names registered?

Applicants must apply for registration with certain qualified registrars. The registrars deliver the application to the JPRS for review. Applicants can register once the JPRS approves the application.

3. For how long is registration effective?

Registration is effective for one year. Usually registrars require registrants to complete a renewal procedure before the effective term expires. The effective period is extended for one year if the renewal procedure has been completed.

4. What is the cost of registration?

The cost of the registration fee varies from registrar to registrar.

5. Are registered domain names transferable? If so, how? Can the use of a domain name be licensed?

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