FC2 (portal)

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FC2 logo.png
Type of site
Blog, Video hosting service
Available inJapanese (primary), English, Chinese, Thai, Korean, German, Spanish, Russian, French, Indonesian, Portuguese, Vietnamese[1]
SubsidiariesVeoh Networks, Inc.
RegistrationRequired for many services, Free or Premium
LaunchedJuly 20, 1999; 23 years ago (1999-07-20)
Current statusActive

FC2 (founded July 20, 1999) is a popular Japanese blogging host, the third most popular video hosting service in Japan (after YouTube and Niconico), and a web hosting company headquartered in the Netherlands.[2] It is the 11th most popular website in Japan overall (as of January 2018).[3] FC2 is an abbreviation of "Fantastic Kupi-Kupi (クピクピ)wahana138".[citation needed]


FC2 is a US corporation, and according to an interview article by representative Takahiro Rihiro published in the magazine "Yahoo! Internet Guide" May issue in 2006, as of 2006, It is run by two people, his brother Takahashi Takahiro and his younger brother Takahashi Riyo, with 17 full-time employees and approximately 30 part-time staff.


It offers free and paid various web services in various languages such as Japanese, including rental server, domain, blog, chat, access analysis, bulletin board, diary, access counter, SNS, etc.

The same ID and password can be used in the service of F. It is characterized that service addition can be registered with one ID.

Decreased number of users[edit]

According to a survey by Nielsen in 2016, the number of PC users dropped to 8th in Japan (3rd from 2014 to 2015), and the number of users decreased[4][5][6]

List of Services[edit]


  • FC2 Blog (FC2ブログ)
  • FC2 Website (FC2ホームページ)
  • FC2 Rental Server (FC2レンタルサーバー)
  • FC2 Rental Server Lite (FC2レンタルサーバーLite)
  • FC2 Mobile Website (FC2ケータイホームページ)


  • FC2 Video (FC2動画)
  • FC2 Live (FC2ライブ)
  • FC2SayMove!
  • Sunflower Video/Himawari Video (ひまわり動画)
  • FC2 Net Radio (FC2ねとらじ)
  • Veoh


  • FC2 Game (FC2ゲーム)
  • FC2 Summary (FC2まとめ)
  • FC2WiFI
  • FC2WiFI Owner (FC2WiFi オーナー)
  • FC2 The Bulletin Board (FC2ザ掲示板)
  • FC2SNS
  • FC2 Novel (FC2小説)
  • FC2 Know-How (FC2ノウハウ)
  • FC2 Miniblog PIYO (FC2ミニブログPIYO)


  • FC2 Shopping Cart (FC2ショッピングカート)
  • FC2 Shopping Mall (FC2ショッピングモール)
  • FC2 Content Market (FC2コンテンツマーケット)


  • FC2 App (FC2アプリ)
  • FC2 Domain (FC2ドメイン)
  • FC2 Access Analysis (FC2アクセス解析)
  • FC2 Mail Form (FC2メールフォーム)
  • FC2 Text Ad (FC2テキストアド)
  • FC2 Affiliation (FC2アフィリエイト)
  • FC2 Counter (FC2カウンター)
  • FC2 Bulletin Board (FC2掲示板)
  • FC2 Chat (FC2チャット)
  • FC2 Profile (FC2プロフ)
  • FC2 Website Ranking (FC2アクセスランキング)
  • FC2 Folder
  • FC2 Hakushu/FC2 Applause (FC2拍手)
  • FC2 Blog Ranking (FC2ブログランキング)
  • FC2 Poll (FC2投票)
  • FC2 Icon (FC2アイコン)
  • FC2 Diary (FC2絵日記)
  • FC2 SEO Ranking (FC2 SEOランキング)
  • FC2 Image Reduction (FC2画像縮小)
  • FC2 Mobile Conversion/FC2 Keitai Henkan (FC2携帯変換)


Due to FC2's physical presence in the United States, it has been known to allow hosting of not limited but including pornographic, pirated, and slanderous contents but is being enforced with strict rules.[7][8][9][10] Until 2012 it was very difficult to sue and get FC2 to release information on its users. This changed somewhat with an amendment to Japan's Code of Civil Procedure for foreign entities operating in Japan in 2012 and the ensuing injunctions that followed against FC2.[11]


  1. ^ "FC2 - About Us". Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  2. ^ "FC2 - About Us". Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  3. ^ "Alexa Top Sites in Japan". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-01-15.
  4. ^ "TOPS OF 2016: DIGITAL IN JAPAN ~ニールセン2016年 日本のインターネットサービス利用者数ランキングを発表~ | ニュースリリース | ニールセン デジタル株式会社". www.netratings.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  5. ^ "TOPS OF 2015: DIGITAL IN JAPAN ~ニールセン2015年 日本のインターネットサービス利用者数ランキングを発表~ | ニュースリリース | ニールセン デジタル株式会社". www.netratings.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  6. ^ "TOPS OF 2014: DIGITAL IN JAPAN ~ニールセン2014年 日本のインターネットサービス利用者数ランキングを発表~ | ニュースリリース | ニールセン デジタル株式会社". www.netratings.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  7. ^ "Japan's Code of Civil Procedure law revised to force lawless FC2 to disclose information on its users" (in Japanese). Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  8. ^ "Lawless FC2 in the news again due to its 'FC2 Talk' dating application" (in Japanese). 2013-03-10. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  9. ^ "Illegal content found in the parasitic Niconico clone 'Sunflower Videos' app" (in Japanese). 2013-03-03. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  10. ^ "No excuse even for the long time users! FC2 Blog enforces strict rules". Nikkan Cyzo(In Japanese). Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  11. ^ "Information disclosure injunction sent to overseas blog management company" (in Japanese). 2013-02-24. Archived from the original on March 10, 2013. Retrieved January 15, 2014.

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