On September 30th, 2009, ICANN and the U.S. Department of Commerce concluded the JPA (Joint Project Agreement). On the same day, the Affirmation of Commitments was signed between them.
The Affirmation is of long standing and is not limited to the three years for which previous agreements operated.
It declares ICANN is independent and is not controlled by any one entity. It commits ICANN to reviews performed BY THE COMMUNITY -- a further recognition that the multi-stakeholder model is robust enough to review itself.
The Affirmation of Commitments - What it Means
JPRS has, since its establishment, supported Internet resource management led by private sector. Being a private organization itself, JPRS has taken responsibility as the registry of .JP top-level domain and built up international framework through signing the Sponsorship Agreement with ICANN, also the private organization.
In addition, JPRS has actively taken part in ICANN's relevant councils, committees, working groups and other policy development discussions.
In the past JPA reviews, JPRS has supported ICANN by publicly stating that ICANN has become capable of taking its responsibility.
JPRS Submitted Comments to U.S. Department of Commerce
(9 June 2009)
JPRS Submitted Comments Responding to Notice of Inquiry by the U.S. Department of Commerce Regarding Joint Project Agreement
(19 February 2008)
JPRS Submitted Comments Responding to Notice of Inquiry by the U.S. Department of Commerce
(7 July 2006)
JPRS welcomes the end of JPA and signing of the Affirmation as the milestone of private-sector-led Internet resource management. And JPRS will contribute more than ever to sound evolution of the Internet.