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.jp Domain Registration - Japanese Domains - Brand Protection Services for Japan

Asian Domains: Japan (.jp)


Important: When entering your search string don't write “www” or the Japanese domain type, ie. “jp”. Therefore to search “” enter “bb-online” and nothing else.

The only letters allowed within a domain name are: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z - 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. Spaces are NOT ALLOWED.

.jp Registration:

To register .jp domains your future Japanese domain, click here!

Once the domain is registered

All Japanese domain names registered with us are stored on our international server. Domains registered with us are automatically provided with their own under-construction page - this notifies potential registrants that the name has been acquired and is now registered. The under-construction page is offered free of charge and may be used indefinitely.

It is possible for Web and/or Mail forwarding to be provided for Japanese domains.

Domain transfer/release fees are charged are by a majority of registrars, but BB Online make no charge to transfer a domain to another Japanese domain name registrar.


Very popular in Japan

The ccTLD, an abbreviation for the Internet Country Code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD), for Japan is .jp. It is managed and administered by the Japan Registry Service.

It was only recently that the Japan Registry Service gained control of the .jp domain name and not too far back, it was managed by the organisation Japan Network Information centre, known as the JPNIC. It was supported by the government ministries, along with ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) which organises global domain names. Yet, soon there was a great change and management was to be discussed at meetings to figure out what would be best for the ccTLD. This was due to the great amount of domain names under .jp and the grand scale on which they were used. It wasn't until several meetings that it was finally decided at the 11th General Meeting of JPNIC in December 2000. A new organisation was created a couple of years later in follow up to this meeting and finally assumed the duties on the 30th June 2003.

It is through accredited registrars that registrations can be processed, and if a domain name with Japanese characters is needed, it can be done so on a second level. All types of Japanese characters - kanji, hiragana or katakana - can be used.

The benefits that come from obtaining a .jp domain name are that if you are a business based in Japan, it is great for commercial and advertisement use. It would attract the normal Japanese user. TV commercials or business cards, as examples, would have a greater impact as a .jp than as a .com.

Although you cannot register a .jp domain name if you are not based in Japan, we can supply Japanese contact that allow you to register a .jp domain name with us.

Certain useful statistics are as follows:

Registered JP Domain Names (1st July 2009)1098360
Organisational Type and Geographic Type JP Domain Name394943
General-Use JP Domain Name703417
ADMembers of JPNIC271
ACUniversities, Technical schools, Incorporated schools3532
COIncorporated companies, Limited companies330644
GOGovernment organizations, Government-affiliated organizations828
ORFoundation, Aggregate corporation25096
NENetwork services17130
GRArbitrary organization8070
EDSchools including primary, junior and senior high schools4554
LGLocal Government1886
GEOGeographic Type2932
JapaneseJapanese(Japanese Domain Names)130984


Important Note:
Some domain names may be classified by the registry as a premium domain name and will command a higher price. If you request a premium domain name we will contact you before completing your order.

In addition, the registry may at any time reserve domain names from registration or the sale may be restricted to comply with ICANN requirements.

.jp is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Japan. It is administered by the Japan Registry Service.

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.

Registrations are processed via accredited registrars and domain names with Japanese characters (kanji, hiragana or katakana) may be registered at the second level.

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