FAX TRANSMISSION

6 Pages

 

TO: The Secretariat of the OTO
Coordination Bureau, Economic Planning Agency
3-1-1, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100, JAPAN
Phone:011-81-3-3581-5469
Fax: 011-81-3-3581-0876

The format to address issues to OTO

 

Name:                    Bradley L. Bartz

                                President, US Business Operations

                                JMAIL.CO.JP KK

 

Address:                5019 Elmdale Drive

                                Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

               

TEL:                       310–373-3169

FAX:                      310-373-3169

 

Contents of your complaint:


This complaint is to bring to your attention the fact that U.S. Exports are being greatly harmed by current actions of the Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC), Japan Registry Service (JPRS), Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (MPT) and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). As per our phone conversation, I am writing a concise letter from the background data now in your possession.  I am writing today to request your direct involvement with this issue.

Subject: The Japanese Government's expropriation of American owned Internet assets in Japan and the collusion to restrain trade and commerce.  The Office of Trade and Investment Ombudsman should ask the Tokyo High Court for an immediate injunction, as provided for by the Japanese constitution and recent Japan-U.S. treaties, so all parties can be treated equally and fairly.   This is a time-critical issue.

JMAIL.CO.JP K.K., a duly registered Japanese corporation, has been doing Internet business in Japan as American entrepreneurs since 1992 and established our co.jp domain name collection in August 1996 or earlier. One of the fundamentals of the JMAIL.CO.JP KK business plan is that it operates as a free vanity email service giving the Japanese market unprecedented choice of domain names. Proof of its popularity is that it has surpassed 540,000 registrations, with 95% of those Japanese consumers. The most popular domains are moon.co.jp (with 76,542 registered users), earth.co.jp (with 36,172 users), usa.co.jp and jobs.co.jp.   JMAIL is the dominant American owned Internet company founded in Japan.

A new domain name, .jp (read: dot jp) is being offered in Japan. The rules are clear that the earliest .co.jp, .or.jp, ne.jp, etc domain name has priority rights to the new .jp version. In almost all cases JMAIL.CO.JP KK was first to register. It is also clear that Japanese authorities worked specifically to tailor rules to deny foreign-national rights to Japanese domain names.  This collusion to block foreign trade began September 1996 when The Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC) started to block non-Japanese registered companies from access to Japanese domain names – in direct retaliatory response to our August 1996 registrations.

Subsidiaries of JMAIL.CO.JP KK incorporated in the United States are being denied Priority Registration Application Term (1st Classification) (*1) for the new .jp domain registration. This new .jp system is being offered now to current domain holders and will be offered April 1st 2001 to the general public in the Japanese market.  The Japanese authorities have been contacted on this issue multiple times to no avail.  We are the largest .co.jp domain holder in Japan and we are being unduly shut out of the upcoming .jp market. We request help in preventing false registration of our assets and to keep markets open for all Americans and foreigners.

We want to secure rights to register Japanese domain names we legally acquired and hold under the same conditions being offered all other name holders. We also hope to ensure other American owners of Japanese domain names can exercise their rights in this regard.  I request that you pursue all courses of action necessary to ensure a fair and competitive playing field in the second largest market in the world.  Complete and fair access to the Japanese Internet market is of great economic concern to the United States.  Specifically we would like you to:

           ** Ask the Tokyo High Court for an immediate injunction against the new .jp system. **

Please refer to the following Treaties between Japan and America and some U.S. laws that seem to apply to this situation:

 

Japaneese Law

Act Concerning Prohibition Of Private Monopolization And Maintenance Of Fair Trade

 

Japan / U.S. Treaties


AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND  THE GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN CONCERNING COOPERATION ON ANTICOMPETITIVE ACTIVITIES
FRIENDSHIP COMMERCE AND NAVIGATION Treaty and Protocol between the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and JAPAN April 2, 1953
ANTITRUST ENFORCEMENT GUIDELINES FOR INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS – DOJ & FTC
April, 1995
U.S.-JAPAN INVESTMENT ARRANGEMENT of 1995
JAPAN PUBLIC SECTOR PROCUREMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS PRODUCTS AND
SERVICES

 

U.S. Trade Law

U.S.-JAPAN ANTITRUST AGREEMENT of 1999
 THE U.S.-JAPAN ENHANCED INITIATIVE ON DEREGULATION AND COMPETITION POLICY
MAY 15, 1998
TITLE 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE CHAPTER 88 - INTERNATIONAL ANTITRUST ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE

ANTICYBERSQUATTING CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT of 1999

SHERMAN ACT




 The Following is the list of affected US Corporations:




ALABAMA.CO.JP INC. 

ALASKA.CO.JP INC.

AMERICA.CO.JP INC.
AMERICAN.CO.JP INC.

ARIZONA.CO.JP INC.

ARKANSAS.CO.JP INC.

BADBOY.CO.JP INC.

BADGIRL.CO.JP INC.

BASKETBALL.CO.JP INC.

BOWLING.CO.JP INC.

BRAZIL.CO.JP INC. 

CALIFORNIA.CO.JP INC.

CALLBACK.CO.JP INC.

CANADA.CO.JP INC

CHAN.CO.JP INC

CLASSIFIED.CO.JP INC.

CLUBS.CO.JP INC.

COLORADO.CO.JP INC.
CONNECTICUT.CO.JP INC

CYBERSPACE.CO.JP INC

DARUMA.CO.JP INC.

DELAWARE.CO.JP INC.

DENWA.CO.JP INC.            

DOMAIN EASY INC.

EARTH.CO.JP INC.         

EIGO.CO.JP INC.             

FISH.CO.JP INC.
FISHING.CO.JP INC.

FLORIDA.CO.JP INC.

FOOTBALL.CO.JP INC.

GAIJIN.CO.JP INC.
GEORGIA.CO.JP INC.  

GINKO.CO.JP INC.    

HANKO.CO.JP INC

HAWAIIAN.CO.JP INC.
HOKEN.CO.JP INC.

HOLLYWOOD.CO.JP INC.

IDAHO.CO.JP INC.   

ILLINOIS.CO.JP INC. INDIANA.CO.JP INC.

INFORMATION ACCESS CENTER INC - dba of Trade Balance Inc               

IOWA.CO.JP INC.   

JMAIL.CO.JP INC.
JOBS.CO.JP INC.
JPN.CO.JP INC.           

JSPORT.CO.JP INC.        

JWEB.CO.JP INC.
KANKO.CO.JP INC  

KANSAS.CO.JP INC

KUROFUNE.CO.JP INC.

LASVEGAS.CO.J P INC.
LOUISIANA.CO.JP INC.

MAINE.CO.JP INC.

MARYLAND.CO.JP INC

MEISHI.CO.JP INC.
MEXICO.CO.JP INC.

MICHIGAN.CO.JP INC.

MISSOURI.CO.JP INC.

MONTANA.CO.JP INC.
MOON.CO.JP INC

NEBRASKA.CO.JP INC.

NEVADA.CO.JP INC

NEWMEXICO.CO.JP INC
NEWYORK.CO.JP INC.

NIHONGO.CO.JP INC.

NORTHCAROLINA.CO.JP INC.
NORTHDAKOTA.CO.JP INC.

OHIO.CO.JP INC

OKLAHOMA.CO.JP INC.

OREGON.CO.JP INC.
PENNSYLVANIA.CO.JP INC.

PERU.CO.JP INC         

PHONE.CO.JP INC.
PIZZA.CO.JP INC       

PRINCE.CO.JP INC.

PRINCESS.CO.JP INC.   

SELL.CO.JP INC.
SOUTHCAROLINA.CO.JP INC.

SOUTHDAKOTA.CO.JP INC.

SPACEMAN.CO.JP INC.
SPORT.CO.JP INC.

SPORTSMAN.CO.JP INC.

SUSHI.CO.JP INC.

TENNESSEE.CO.JP INC.
TEREBI.CO.JP INC.     

TEXAS.CO.JP INC.                 

THE INFORMATION ACCESS CENTER INC. dba of Trade Balance Inc.
TOYS.CO.JP INC.                   

TRADE BALANCE INC.   

UCHI.CO.JP
USA.CO.JP INC.            

UTAH.CO.JP INC. 

VERMONT.CO.JP INC.
VIRGINIA.CO.JP INC.
WASHINGTON.CO.JP INC.

WACHINGTONDC.CO.JP INC.

WEBSITE.CO.JP INC.
WESTVIRGINIA.CO.JP INC.

WISCONSIN.CO.JP INC.

WYOMING.CO.JP INC.
YOKOZUNA.CO.JP INC.

YUBIN.CO.JP INC.






Would you like to raise as “Complaint”?  Please choose one of the Three

 

                Yes

 

Have you ever consulted the above contents to the window office of OTO and/or governmental organization and so on?

 

                Yes (When and which bodies) – NOTE: This is the first time to approach the office of OTO on this issue. 

 

We have, however, exhausted all other means of mediating this dispute, including, but not limited to,

1.        December 17, 1997 – Filed Complaint with the Japan Fair Trade Commission – “Antimonopoly Act - unreasonable restraint of trade by a trade association.” Which they refused to investigate – See http://jpnic.co.jp/jftc/indexe.html

2.        Multiple telephone and in person visits to MITI, MPT, JPNIC, JPRS, ACCJ, etc beginning in August 1996 to present day.

3.        The U.S. Embassy of Tokyo has been briefed on this issue since 1996.  Recently, we received a letter which reads:

Quote:
Embassy of the United States of America

March 19, 2001

To Whom It May Concern:

    With this note I would like to express our understanding that the companies listed in the attached sheet (sic. See above list of companies) are incorporated in the States of Delaware and New Jersey, United States of America.  We understand that their legal representative in Delaware and Japan is as follows:

In Delaware, USA:

The Company Corporation
2711 Centerviller Rd., Suite 4000
Wilmington, DE 19808

Tel. 800-420-9771

In Japan:

JMAIL.CO.JP K.K.
BPS Square 2nd Floor
2-10-6 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku
Tokyo  104-0045

Tel. 03-3547-0311
Fax: 03-3547-0366

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely

E. Keith Kirkham
Commercial Attaché

End Quote

 

4.        From our American offices we have had supportive consultations with:

a.        The Honorable Robert B. Zoellick – United States Trade Representative

b.       Ms. Deborah Lashley – International Trade Administration – U.S. Department of Commerce (with specific reference to the Patent Office)

c.        Senator Dianne Fienstein – United States Senate – Senate Judiciary Committee

d.       Senator Orrin Hatch – United States Senate – Senate Judiciary Committee

e.        Mr. Ben Bruen, Office of the Attorney General of New York

f.         State of California Department of Commerce

g.       Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C. (which referred us to JETRO LA)

h.       Various other U.S. government offices

 

5.        Multiple telephone and in person visits with leading journalists, including the following actually printed.

a.        Japan's IAC Files Domain Name Complaint Against JPNIC  http://www.nbnn.com/pubNews/97/105466.html - (quote “Brad Bartz, president of the Tokyo-based Internet Access Center, has filed a complaint with Japan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) against the Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC) over rules regarding issuance and use of Internet domain names in Japanese ".jp" name space. The case, the first of its kind in Japan, will set an important precedent regarding just how many rules and regulations the JPNIC can set in control and use of domain names.” Unquote)

b.       http://www.isp-lists.isp-planet.com/isp-asia/9911/msg00018.html -  (quote “2 - if you arent a registered YK or KK in japan, you cant get a .co.jp (you can thank/ream brad bartz for that crap) you cant have more than one .co.jp either.” Unquote)

c.        GOL buys IAC Internet customer base - http://www.computingjapan.com/magazine/issues/1998/mar98/indnews.html  (quote “IAC holds rights to dozens of Japanese domain names, including the popular "japan.co.jp" (and is reportedly a major reason that JPNIC, which allocates the *.jp domain names, has become so restrictive in its domain name allocation requirements).” Unquote)

d.       Net domains doled out by Japan `cartel' http://www2.gol.com/users/coynerhm/Net_domains.htm (quote “But Bradley Bartz, an early Internet pioneer in Japan, said JPNIC is a cartel that conspires ``to make any .jp address the most expensive domain name in the world.'' Registering a domain name, which costs about $75 in the United States, can cost four times as much in Japan, he said.   (paragraph) ``It's an Old Boys club designed to protect the growth of Internet,'' Bartz said. ``It's all about control. By preventing the growth of domain names, they are preventing entrepreneurs from expressing themselves and preventing the expansion of commerce.''  Unquote)

e.        DOMAIN NAME GAME, JAPANESE STYLE  - http://www.netsurf.com/nsd/v03/nsd.03.41.html#OC1 (quote “After Bartz made a pain of himself by registering multiple names, JPNIC changed the rules so only companies could register, one domain each. Bartz went to Delaware, created a bunch of companies, and registered more domains. So JPNIC changed the rules again - only companies with an expensive registered office in Japan could get domains. Furthermore, you can't buy or trade Japanese domains. Bartz has filed a complaint with the Japan Fair Trade Commission. The complaint also alleges that JPNIC has blacklisted Bartz's companies and discourages others from doing business with him. There is no better illustration why there must be competition in the domain name biz.” unquote)

f.         Global Information Summit – Nihon Keizai Shimbun (March 2001) http://satellite.nikkei.co.jp/summit/english/online/profile.html (quote “Mr. Bartz is infamous in Japan for "breaking the Japanese Internet". In 1996 Bartz successfully registered over 100 Japanese .co.jp domain names only to incur the wrath of JPNIC. With the new JPNIC rules coming this year Bartz stands with pride that the bastards are finally opening up the market. But, problems exist with JPNIC and Bartz again. Seems that JPNIC is denying our rights to be first in line for our .jp domain collection. We own hoken.co.jp but we can not register hoken.jp because we are American. No fury like a Bartz scorned. Watch out JPNIC.” Unquote)

g.       Wall Street Journal – Front Page – November 8, 1997  - Foreign Start-Ups Are Thriving in Japan - (quote “…So in 1993, he (Bartz) started one of Japan’s first electronic-bulletin-board services to feature advertising. (paragraph) That led him (Bartz) to chart Japanese cyberspace before intah-netto had entered the lexicon.  He foresaw a Japanese Internet boom…” unquote)

 

Your additional opinions and claims to OTO

 

The contact information about Japan Registry Service (JPRS) and Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC) are as follows:

 

Japan Registry Service

Fuundo Bldg 3F

1-2 Kanda-Ogawamachi

Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0052

PH: 03-5297-2571

FX: 03-5297-2572

www.jprs.jp

 

Japan Network Information Center

Fuundo Bldg 3F

1-2 Kanda-Ogawamachi

Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0052

PH: 03-5297-2311

FX: 03-5297-2312

www.nic.ad.jp

 

 

I hereby authorize The Office of Trade and Investment Ombudsman to make inquiries and obtain information related to my case using any necessary resource.

Sincerely yours,


Bradley L. Bartz
5019 Elmdale Drive
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 U.S.A.
PH: 310-373-3169

E: Brad@Bartz.com

www.jmail.co.jp

 

 

Notes: (1) Your issue is not registered as “complaint” at OTO, until you get the OTO number.