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Old 2nd August 2006, 07:04 AM
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A Japanese IDN .com live, in the wild...

Walking around Shibuya (busy area of Tokyo stuffed full of shops and restaurants frequented mainly by folks in their teens and twenties) yesterday afternoon I saw a Thai restaurant with the URL "タイレストラン.com" (ThaiRestaurant.com) prominently displayed on it.

So I took a look today - easy to remember the URL - and they're smartly using it as an automatic redirect to their unmemorable regular URL at http://www.yamthaikitchen.com/

That's only ONE example, but it's the first non-.jp Japanese IDN that I've seen advertised offline that's actually "real" and working (some companies advertise domains they don't own, probably to look "cool", but the actual URL as opposed to the big domain logo is their real URL)
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