Before the National Telecommunications and Information Administration
United States Department of Commerce


Comments by the Government of Japan
on the Continued Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management
of the Internet Domain Name and Addressing System



The Government of Japan appreciates this opportunity to provide comments on “The Continued Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management of the Internet Domain Name and Addressing System” by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), United States Department of Commerce.

The Government of Japan recognizes the commitment of the U.S. government to the secure and stable operation of the Internet.  

The commercial aspect of the Internet has successfully achieved dramatic progress by private initiatives.  Internet resource management has been stably operated under the existing structure.  Having recognized that the Internet has become a significant infrastructure in current life, it is expected that the operation of Internet resource management be more stable and secure in the future.  Therefore, the Government of Japan believes that the governance mechanism of Internet resources should be improved based on the current structure in an evolutionary manner.

Furthermore, domain names and IP addresses have come in use more widely in many countries as Internet has spread.  Under these circumstances, the decisions made by ICANN have an international influence in terms of public policy perspectives.  The Government of Japan is of the view that it is significant for ICANN to achieve internationalization, in which ICANN is held accountable and responsive to all governments, especially to developing countries.   

In addition, international organizations, such as ITU, WIPO, UNESCO and the United Nations, have performed an important role within their missions with regard to issues relating to the Internet.  The Government of Japan expects further cooperation between these organizations and ICANN.

The Government of Japan is pleased to provide these comments on the NTIA’s NOI.  The Government of Japan welcomes further discussion to be made on this matter.