The GMO registry has recently announced that .Nagoya, one of three new GeoTLDs for Japan, will launch February 20th, 2014, followed by .tokyo, which is scheduled to launch in April, and .yokohama, which will launch later this year. Dot Nagoya represents the City of Nagoya, which is part of Japan’s third largest metropolitan region with a population of almost 9 million.
This launch is exciting, as these three new extensions are among the first ever GeoTLDs to launch as part of ICANN’s new gTLD Program. These new domain extension are meant to enable businesses, organizations, and individuals to establish an online naming presence by registering shorter, more relevant domains that represent their business within a specific local geographic community–much like how .EU, .ASIA, etc. (ccTLDs) are used to denote a country or region.
If you have questions about these new GeoTLDs please contact your Safenames account manager. You may also contact us in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (email@example.com) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313(firstname.lastname@example.org).