This brief IDNBlog exclusive is with Hiro Hotta, who is speaking on behalf of JPRS, which is the registry governing .jp domain names. He provides an update on the status of IDN.jp aliasing to IDN.日本.
Hiro Hotta, was recently asked about the current likelihood of JPRS obtaining an alias of .日本 for .JP, whether this is still expected, and if so, how and when this will occur. His answer is below:
JPRS was selected as a sole candidate to manage .日本 in October 2010. After that, JPRS has long been waiting for the acknowledgement from the government. It seems that they are still in their internal process in deciding to issue a support (endorsement) letter for JPRS.
Yes, it is still expected, though I believe we (JPRS) have to reconsider the service specification and the market movement since new gTLDs (including IDNs) will be emerging before .日本.