Second IANA Report on Request for Redelegation
of the .jp Top-Level Domain
||Request of Japan Registry Service Co., Ltd. (JPRS) for
Redelegation of .jp Top-Level Domain
||1 April 2002
The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (the IANA), as part of the administrative
functions associated with management of the domain-name system root, is
responsible for receiving requests for delegation and redelegation of
top-level domains, investigating the circumstances pertinent to those
requests, and reporting on the requests.
On 8 February 2002, the IANA issued a report
on a Request of Japan Registry Service Co., Ltd. (JPRS) for the Redelegation
of .jp Top -Level Domain. In this report, the IANA concluded that
The structure proposed by JPRS and endorsed by JPNIC and the Japanese
Government is to have JPRS undertake management of the .jp ccTLD under
appropriate oversight of the Japanese Government, with the assistance
of JPNIC, concerning national public-policy interests. JPRS, JPNIC,
and the Japanese Government also acknowledge and support ICANN's responsibility
for coordinating management of the DNS, including the .jp ccTLD, to
safeguard global technical-coordination interests. This structure is
consonant with the principle of private-sector responsibility for technical
coordination under which the Internet has flourished. In reviewing the
request and in light of the Japanese Government's endorsement of JPRS
as the appropriate private-sector manager, the IANA concludes that,
provided JPRS's commitment to these responsibilities is effectively
ensured, JPRS is the appropriate delegee of the .jp ccTLD.
One mechanism to reflect these commitments is the arrangement embodied
in the GAC Principles. Where the relevant government (here with the
assistance of JPNIC, a public-service ogranization under its jurisdiction)
is prepared to carry out the ultimate responsibility for overseeing
the ccTLD manager's service to the local Internet community and the
manager is prepared to conduct itself within that framework, the interests
of the local and global Internet communities are served by ICANN joining
into that cooperative arrangement.
Two of the three parts of that arrangement the delegee/Government
and Government/ICANN communications have already been implemented.
Upon conclusion of a mutually satisfactory agreement between ICANN and
JPRS reflecting the principles set forth in clause
10 of the GAC Principles, adjusted as necessary to suit local circumstances,
the .jp ccTLD should be redelgated to JPRS. Once such an agreement is
entered, the U.S. Department of Commerce should establish revised procedures
for maintenance of the .jp entry in the root zone file that enable ICANN
to perform its obligations under that agreement, and that permit moving
forward responsibly with the transition to private-sector technical
management of the Internet.
On 12 February 2002, the ICANN
Board authorized the ICANN President to enter on behalf of ICANN the
ccTLD Sponsorship Agreement for .jp with JPRS as posted on the ICANN website,
along with any minor corrections or adjustments as appropriate.1
The Board also authorized, upon signature of the agreement, the President
to take such actions as appropriate to implement the agreement.2
On 27 February 2002, the signature of the JPRS-ICANN
agreement was completed.
With the achievement of this agreement, the necessary framework of accountability
has been achieved, consistent with clause 10 of the GAC Principles concerning
accountability of ICANN and ccTLD trustees. Accordingly, the IANA concludes
that the redelegation request should now go forward.
1. ICANN Board resolution
02.13 (12 February 2002).
2. ICANN Board resolution
02.14 (12 February 2002).
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