.みんな

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Status: Active
Language: Japanese (Hiragana)
Translates to: everyone
Manager: Google
Registry Provider: Google
Type: IDN gTLD
ASCII Translation: .xn--q9jyb4c
Category: Lifestyle
Priority #: 34

.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.[1] It has been applied for as an Open TLD. The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 23 November, 2013.[2]

Application Details

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."[3]

Contract Signed

.みんな became the first new gTLD application of Google's to get a signed contract with ICANN in September 2013.[4]

Delegation and Availability

.みんな was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on November 23, 2013, completing the successful application for the string.[2]

Sunrise

The Registry announced that their Sunrise Period for the string would begin 09 December 2013 and end on 14 February 2014.[5]

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.[6]

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