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Status: Delegated
Target Region: Japan, International
Type: GeoTLD
Priority #: 294

.okinawa is a new gTLD, applied for in ICANN's new gTLD program. Two entities, BusinessRalliart Inc. and GMO Registry, both originally announced intentions to apply for the extension. Both entities also declared intentions to apply for .ryukyu as well.[1][2] Furthermore, both companies are included in a list of 4 Japanese companies that received approval from the Government of Osaka to apply and run .osaka.[3]

In the end, only BusinessRalliart applied for .okinawa. The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 2 March 2014.[4]

Business Railliart had announced that investors in its bid for .okinawa and .ryukyu include a well-known Okinawan and Japanese rental car service and a restaurant chain.[5]

Okinawa is a southern Prefecture in Japan, and it is a major part of the Ryukyu chain of islands.[6]

Contract Signed

On December 5, 2013 BusinessRalliart received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .okinawa after passing all the required processes needed to become a Registry Operator for the string.[7]

Delegation and Availability

.okinawa was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on 2 March, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[4]


  1. Japan Gets Two new geo TLD projects, DomainIncite.com
  2. News Article, GMO.jp
  3. Four Companies Given Ok for Osaka, DomainIncite.com
  4. 4.0 4.1 Delegated Strings, ICANN.org Retrieved 5 March 2014
  5. Japans First GeoTLD Announcement Ryukyu Okina, UrbanBrain.Posterous.com
  6. Okinawa Prefecture, en.Wikipedia.org
  7. Donuts Portfolio Swells as ICANN Signs 31 New gTLD Contracts, DomainIncite Retrieved 06 Dec 2013