.みんな is an active IDN gTLD that was proposed in ICANN's New gTLD Program, the string translates as "everyone" from Hiranga Japanese. The Registry is Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.), and the company was the sole applicant for the string. It has been applied for as an Open TLD. The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 23 November, 2013.
Excerpted from Applicant's response to question #18:
"The proposed gTLD will provide the marketplace with direct association to the term, ʺみんな,ʺ which is the Japanese equivalent to the English term, ʺeveryone.ʺ The mission and purpose of the proposed gTLD is to create a new second-level domain hierarchy for the publicʹs use and is aimed at a Japanese-speaking audience. Charleston Road Registry will also support IDNs at a second-level for the Japanese language.
Charleston Road Registry believes in the commercial viability of the proposed gTLD, .みんな, and thus leaves the specialization to the gTLD to be determined by the market through registrantsʹ use."
Delegation and Availability
Landrush and General Availability
Google also announced that its registry will hold a Landrush Period for the string between 15 January 2014 and 14 February 2014. The company estimates that General Availability will begin in February or March of 2014.
- Reveal Day 13 June 2012 – New gTLD Applied-For Strings
- Delegated Strings, ICANN.org Retrieved 02 Dec 2013
- Application Download from gTLDresult.ICANN.orgRetrieved 16 Jan 2013
- Google Signs First New gTLD Contract Retrieved 18 Sept 2013
- TLD Startup Information, ICANN.org Retrieved 10 December 2013
- Charleston Road Registry Retrieved 10 Dec 2013