.JP represents the official domain extension or internet country code top-level domain of Japan. It is available only to individuals that reside in Japan or own a business located in Japan. Japan Registry Service (JRS) is the authorized technical body that carries out the administration of this domain name while registration can be processed through any accredited registrars.
JP can also mean other things. For example, it also stands for “Just Playin” which is an internet slang commonly used by people who play computer games. Sometimes it also used as an abbreviation for the name John Paul. However, JP is most popularly used as an acronym for Japan.
There is no special process needed to register a .JP domain name, no special action is needed on your end.
.jp is Japan's Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD). It is under the regulation of the Japan Registry Service (JPRS).
.jp domain names are available to everyone worldwide provided an entity has a place of business in Japan, or that it is registered/incorporated under Japanese laws.
Who can register a .jp domain name?
Anyone who is interested or has an interest in doing business with Japan and plans to use the website for this purpose (i.e., selling Japanese products online). There are no restrictions on non-Japanese citizens, residents, etc. for registering a .jp domain name.
How do I get a .jp domain name?
There are three ways to register your interest in getting your desired .jp domains:
(a) apply directly through the JPNIC WHOIS database,
(b) submit an application form via email or postal mail sent by one of the reseller partners, or
(c) apply online through a JPNIC accredited registrar.
What are the common restricted Second-level .jp domains?
Here is a list of some popular restricted second-level domain names:
.tokyo - This is a pre-approved city code domain. It is only available to entities based in Tokyo, Japan.
.yokohama - This is a pre-approved city code domain. It is only available to entities based in Yokohama, Japan
.osaka - This is a pre-approved city code domain. It is only available to entities based in Osaka, Japan)
.gov - This is a restricted domain name. It can only be used by government agencies and their wholly-owned non-commercial organizations.
.edu - This is a restricted domain name. It can only be used by educational institutions and their wholly-owned non-commercial organizations."
(b) General Use Second Level Domains (SLDs) such as:
ac.jp - This is a general SLD for academic institutions
co.jp - This is an open-use domain available to commercial organizations, companies, and other legal persons.
lg.jp - This is restricted to local governments prefectural offices and other governmental organizations.
ed.jp - For Educational Institutions only and their wholly-owned non-commercial organizations.
go.jp - Reserved for government offices. It cannot be registered by private individuals or commercial organizations.
gr.jp - Reserved for government agencies and their wholly-owned non-commercial organizations
or.jp - Reserved for research institutes and non-governmental research organizations.
ad.jp - Reserved for advertising agencies and other entities that provide information to the public about goods or services on behalf of advertisers.
ne.jp - Reserved for network administration related organizations"
How much does a .jp domain cost?
The yearly registration fee for most domains (i.e., com, net, org) starts at $32 per year while others such as co.jp, go.jp, and ac.jp start at $32 per year as well but with additional fees for certain services such as WHOis privacy protection, etc.
What documents do I need to register a .jp domain name??
The documents required for a .jp domain name registration are:
(a) For individuals or other legal entities registered under the Japanese system, an ID card and certificate of residence. If you do not have these items, please submit a copy of your foreign registry with translations validated by apostille.
(b) For foreign legal entities, a business license, and certificate of corporate domicile. If you do not have these items, please submit a copy of your foreign registry with translations validated by apostille.
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