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Four companies given OK for .osaka

Kevin Murphy, February 28, 2012, Domain Registries

While GMO Registry announced yesterday that it had been given government approval to apply for the geo-gTLD .osaka, apparently it was not alone.

Four companies were given the same approval by the Osaka Prefecture, according to local gTLD consultancy UrbanBrain.

As well as GMO, letters of non-objection have been given to UrbanBrain parent company Interlink, BusinessRalliart, and Future Spirits, UrbanBrain’s Jacob Williams said.

Interlink is a Japanese ISP and domain registrar, Future Spirits is a hosting company, and BusinessRalliart is a technology company already linked to bids for .okinawa and .ryukyu.

Whether all four actually apply is another matter entirely — cash could be saved if the companies combine their efforts now or if some of the less cash-rich applicants withdraw.

GMO to apply for .osaka gTLD

Kevin Murphy, February 27, 2012, Domain Registries

GMO Registry has won governmental support for a .osaka new top-level domain bid for the Japanese prefecture of Osaka.

The company announced today that the prefecture awarded it the necessary letter of support after a tender process that ran in January.

Osaka is also the name of Japan’s third-largest city. The prefecture has a population of about 8.8 million.

The .osaka application joins GMO’s steadily growing collection of proposed Japanese geo-gTLDs. It already has governmental support for .tokyo, .okinawa and .ryukyu.

It also plans to apply for .shop off its own back.