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Japan to operate new international domain standard

7th March, 2003

Japan Registry Service (JPRS), the company responsible for the management and administration of the .jp top-level domain and operation of the Japanese domain name system, has announced that its domain name registration and management services will support the new standard for Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) from March 20. 

Domain names are currently limited to the "ASCII" (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) letters and numbers together with the hyphen symbol. However, much work has been carried out among the Internet standards community towards making the domain name system interoperable with local character sets such as Japanese, Chinese or Korean scripts. 

For some time, JPRS has been promoting the technical standardisation and use of IDNs through its involvement in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Japanese Domain Names Association (JDNA). Today's annoucement means they will now bring their operations into line with the new official standards, while continuing to support their original system. 

With the co-operation of .jp registrars, JPRS now aims to expand the DNS environment such that all Japanese domain names become usable - allowing users to access domain names through compatible browsers and applications to be released in the future. JPRS added:

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