.JP

What domain extension is this?

.JP is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Japan.

What are the requirements & restrictions for this domain extension?

For .JP domain, local presence (postal address of the place of residence) in Japan is required for the domain registrant contact. WebNIC can provide partners the local contact service in Japan.

For .CO.JP domain, the registration is restricted to Japanese company and only 1 domain per Japanese company. A company must be registered with the Japanese government. WebNIC can help to apply for trademark protection if registrant does not qualify. Please refer to the following table for more details.

Regular .CO.JP 6 months .CO.JP .CO.JP Trademark Protection
Who can register Japanese Companies Require Japanese Company within 6 months from registration Anyone/Any Country
Number of Registrations Only 1 domain per Japanese Company Only 1 domain per Japanese Company No Limit
Local Presence (Japanese Residence) Require Require Not Required
Domain Usage Full usage – DNS updates, Point to Server etc. Full usage – DNS updates, Point to Server etc. Domain Forwarding only
Ability to Transfer Out Yes After the company is registered and verified by Registry. No, however, once a company has been set up in Japan, the domain will be transferred to registrant company, then registrant is free to transfer the domain.
Domain Restriction  Any domain Cybersquatting domains will not be accepted. Cybersquatting domains will not be accepted.

To convert a protected .CO.JP domain to official registration (Regular Registration), each .CO.JP domain will require a separate Japanese company.

 

What kind of domain extension does WebNIC offer?

WebNIC currently offer .JP and .CO.JP.
WebNIC offers three options for registering a .CO.JP domain.

  1. Regular .CO.JP Registration: For registrant who already owns Japanese company.
  2. 6 months .CO.JP Protection: For registrant who will set up a company in Japan within 6 months from domain registration.
  3. CO.JP Trademark Protection: For registrant who do not meet the requirement of option 1 and option 2. This option can be used to reserve .CO.JP domains or protect multiple brands or trademark.

WebNIC will charge partners a fixed cost for .CO.JP, and will manually refund if the registration belongs to option 1 or option 2.

What document is required for this domain extension?

Regular .CO.JP 6 months .CO.JP Protection .CO.JP Trademark Protection
Documentation Require Toukibtouhon Require Toukibtouhon within 6 months from registration. Otherwise, the domain will become inactive No Documentation Required

 

What is the length limitation for this domain extension?

Minimum 3 / Maximum 63 characters.

What is the terms of registration?

Registration terms of .JP is 1 – 2 years; Registration terms of .CO.JP is 1 year.
However, due to the registry rules, if partners register a .jp domain for 2 years, the WHOIS record will only show 1 year registration term instead of 2 years.

After the .jp domain expired for the first year, then only the Whois record will display the expiration date for the second year.
Therefore, partners are advised to refer the domain expiration date from the partner central.

Can I delete a domain after registered?

No.
Partners are not allowed to delete .jp domain after registered.

What is the terms of renewal?

Renewal terms of .JP is 1 year; Renewal terms of .CO.JP is 1, 5, 10 years.

  • .jp domain can only be renewed 1 time per year for a period of 1 year;
  • .jp domains are managed on a calendar month cycle, which means that all domain expiration dates will occur only on the last day of the calendar month in which it was registered and the domain’s renewal will occur on the 15th of the expiring month;
  • For example, if partners register a .jp domain on 15 January 2007, the expiration date for this .jp domain will be on 31 January 2008 instead of 15 January 2008.

How does the Domain Life Cycle work for this domain extension?

After a .jp domain was expired, it will go through below life cycle:-

No
Renewal Grace Period
15 days
Redemption Grace Period
15 days
Pending Delete

If partners did not restore the domain name, it will be release for public re-registration approximately 30 days from the domain expiration date. Please note that domain re-registration is on first-come, first-served basis.

After a .co.jp domain was expired, it will go through below life cycle:-

No
Renewal Grace Period
20 days
Redemption Grace Period
5 months
Pending Delete

If partners did not restore the domain name, it will be release for public re-registration approximately 6 months from the domain expiration date. Please note that domain re-registration is on first-come, first-served basis.

What is the procedure for transferring the domain registrar under this domain extension?

Yes.
Partners are allowed to initiate registrar transfer for .jp domain name. Please note that domain will not extend for 1 year after completion.

What is the procedure for transferring the domain reseller under this domain extension?

Yes.
Partners are allowed to initiate reseller transfer for .jp domain name. Please note that domain will be extended for 1 year after completion.

Please refer to Reseller Transfer for more detail information

Does WebNIC provide Internationalized Domain name (IDN) for this domain extension?

Yes, WebNIC does provide IDN.jp domain name but only support Japanese language IDN.
WebNIC does not provide IDN.co.jp domain name.