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Officially decided as a management and operation operator of ".kyoto".

Notification from ICANN that the review has passed

The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics received the only support from Kyoto Prefecture, and in April 2012, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned) became the management operator of the geographical name top-level domain (hereinafter referred to as TLD) “.kyoto”. Names and Numbers.(a U.S. non-profit organization that manages domains used on the Internet), and we have received notification from ICANN that our university has passed the examination to become the administrator and operator of ".kyoto".If all goes well, the delegation of authority and the conclusion of a contract for the operation of the domain between ICANN and the university are expected to take place in the spring of 2014, and the operation of the domain is expected to begin in July 2014 or later.

ICANN received approximately 2,000 applications from around the world, including the University of Kyoto, which received the sole support from Kyoto Prefecture for the management and operation of ".kyoto," and 70 applications from Japan, including eight for place name TLDs such as ".kyoto," ".tokyo," and ".osaka.The University was the only public interest corporation to apply for the geographical name TLD.

Place name TLDs are expected to have a significant impact on tourism, industry, regional development, and other areas, as well as to create a wide variety of new business opportunities.

Kyoto has always been a city with a global brand power, but we are convinced that the widespread use of ".kyoto" by public corporations, local businesses and educational institutions, and the citizens of Kyoto Prefecture will lead to the further enhancement of the international name recognition and brand power of Kyoto as a whole, and lead to the revitalization of social and economic activities.The .kyoto domain is managed and operated by an educational corporation (a public interest corporation) that establishes graduate schools, rather than a private profit-making company, and its utilization is positioned as a "public service project" jointly undertaken by industry, government and academia. We will actively promote a variety of initiatives together with related organizations, including the construction of a portal community site where those who have acquired the .kyoto domain can register and send out information, the promotion of collaboration among industry, government, academia and corporations, and various related projects aimed at contributing to the tourism, film, animation and other content industries.

The University of Kyoto has been holding a series of three seminars since June with the aim of deepening the understanding of the general public about the possibilities of using ".kyoto" for the creation of new businesses and the development of Kyoto society.