|TLD type||Country code top-level domain|
|Registry||Japan Registry Service|
|Intended use||Entities connected with Japan|
|Actual use||Very popular in Japan|
|Registered domains||1,300,084 (August 2012)|
|Registration restrictions||Second-level registrations require a Japanese mailing address; third-level registrations have varying rules depending on which second-level name they are beneath|
|Structure||Registrations permitted at second level and at third level beneath various second-level labels|
|Documents||ICANN sponsorship agreement|
At the establishment of the .jp domain the domain was administered by the JPNIC, as part of their role as an overseeing technical body for the Internet in Japan. However, due to the growing importance and size of the .jp registry, it was decided at the 11th General Meeting of JPNIC in December 2000 to create a new corporation that would manage the .jp domain. Thus, the Japan Registry Service was created, and on June 30, 2003, officially assumed the duties of the .jp registry.
.jp registrations are only allowed if the registrant has a physical address in Japan.
While any party with a Japanese mailing address can get a second-level domain (example.jp) there are several restricted-use second-level domains, listed below.
- ac.jp: higher level academic institutions, such as universities
- ad.jp: JPNIC members
- co.jp: most forms of incorporated companies, including foreign companies registered in Japan
- ed.jp: educational institutions for individuals under 18
- go.jp: Japanese government ministries and their endeavours
- gr.jp: groups of two or more people, or groups of registered companies
- lg.jp: local government authorities
- ne.jp: network service providers
- or.jp: registered organizations and non-profit organizations
Geographical type jp domain names
Domains listed below are reserved for the local governments in Japan:
- metro.tokyo.jp: reserved for the government of Tokyo Metropolis
- pref.(prefecturename).jp: reserved for the prefectural government
- city.(cityname).jp: reserved for cities designated by government ordinance
- city.(cityname).(prefecturename).jp: reserved for non-designated cities and, wards and cities within Tokyo
- town.(townname).(prefecturename).jp: reserved for towns
- vill.(villagename).(prefecturename).jp: reserved for villages
Internationalized country code top-level domain
Japan has considered registering an internationalized country code top-level domain, .日本. As of 2015, no such domain has been registered. But in 2014 a internationalized generic top-level domain using Japanese script was introduced. This is .みんな, meaning "everyone".