About Us

Corporate Information

Company Name GMO Registry, Inc.
Location Cerulean Tower, 26-1 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8512
Established July 28, 2009
Capital JPY100million
Description of Business
TLD (Top Level Domain) Registry Operations and Management
Management, operation and sales of TLDs .shop, .tokyo, .nagoya, .yokohama
TLD Backend Registry Services and Support Services
Specialized TLD Backend Registry Services and Support Services for Brand TLDs
Management and operation of global brand TLDs including .canon, .hitachi, .toshiba, etc.
ccTLD (country code Top Level Domain) Operations and Support
Management, operation and support for ccTLDs including Indonesia ccTLD, .id
ISIMS Certification ISO27001
Principal Shareholder GMO Internet Group, Inc.
Board of Directors
  • Chairperson of the Board of Directors: Masatoshi Kumagai
  • Representative Director and CEO: Hiro Tsukahara
  • Director: Yoshitake Tamura
  • Director: Yusuke Adachi
  • Auditor: Tomoyuki Furuya
  • Auditor: Takaaki Fukunaga
  • Auditor: Tomohisa Matsuba
Trading Banks
  • GMO Aozora Net Bank, Ltd.
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • Mizuho Bank
  • Bank of Mitsubishi UFJ
  • Resona Bank
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank


July 2009 GMO Registry, Inc. is founded
April 2010 Contracted to provide backend registry operation and support services to the Federal Republic of Somalia for .so
May 2010 Partnership formed with Canon, Inc. to provide ICANN new gTLD application and operation support for .canon
September 2011 Contracted to provide backend registry operation and support services to the Republic of Indonesia for .id
November 2011 GMO Registry receives official support from the Tokyo metropolitan government to apply for and operate Top Level Domain, .tokyo
April 2012 Contracted to provide backend registry operation and support services for Japanese Geo TLDs, .okinawa and .ryukyu
July 2014 .tokyo opens for registration
May 2015 GMO Registry launches 20th brand TLD on behalf of brand clients
December 2015 Partnership formed with GMO Brights Consulting, Inc. to provider backend registry services to GMO Brights Consulting clients
January 2016 GMO Registry acquires .shop in record-breaking ICANN public auction
September 2016 .shop opens for registration
January 2017 .shop opens for registration in China
2010-2011 2010-2011

GMO Registry embarks on the mission to acquire .shop

After the ICANN announced that it would open up an application round for new gTLDs, GMO Registry began preparing to apply for new gTLD .shop. The company began to forge ties with ecommerce associations around the world to better understand how we could serve the ecommerce community. At the same time we hosted a series of events at ICANN meetings around the world where we announced our plans for .shop to the domain community on a global scale.

2014 2014

Geo TLDs .tokyo, .nagoya, .yokohama are launched

In November 2011, GMO Registry won official support from the Metropolitan Government of Tokyo to operate .tokyo after presenting a vision for a domain that would make a valuable contribution to the community and economy of Tokyo and build the city’s online brand both locally and globally.
GMO Registry signed an agreement with ICANN to operate the new GeoTLD, .tokyo, on November 11, 2013.
GMO Registry also received official support from the City of Yokohama as well as the City of Nagoya for the .yokohama and .nagoya TLD in March 2012.

After submitting hundreds of pages of application documents to ICANN, GMO Registry was finally accredited as Registry operator in July 2013 launching .nagoya in February 2014, .tokyo in April and .yokohama in July of the same year.
Geo TLDs promote the cities they represent and provide a platform to effectively deliver city information to Internet users both locally and globally. As well as allowing local businesses and residents to create relevant and meaningful online identities.

2016 2016

GMO Registry becomes the registry operator for new gTLD, .shop

Four years after GMO Registry first applied to become the registry operator for .shop with the vision of building a new home for ecommerce, GMO Registry battled six other applicants in an epic 14 hour ICANN public auction, eventually securing the right to operate .shop for a record-breaking USD 41.5 million.

2017 2017

.shop registration opens in China

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of the People's Republic of China awarded .shop a license to operate in China on December 28, 2016, and .shop officially launched on China on January 11, 2017. .shop was warmly welcomed in China by domain investors and the broader domain community and more than 20,000 .shop domain names were registered in China in the first month.