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What is JANOG

JANOG is the JApan Network Operators' Group. As with a number of other communities which share the same last three letters NOG, JANOG is a forum for network operators in Japan.

JANOG's two major activities are semiannual meetings and the mailing list. Semiannual meetings are held in various cities in Japan in January and July, and gather 300+ participants. The mailing list - janog[at] holds 6000 subscribers as of December 2011.

Since Japan's official language is Japanese, all of our activities (JANOG meetings and mailing lists) are communicated in Japanese. This page was prepared for non-Japanese speakers as an entrance of our community. See "JANOG's "Japanese Language Policy"" section.

JANOG Web Top Page -


JANOG Meeting contents are published on the JANOG Web at in Japanese. JANOG i18n team works on having these contents available in English on a best-effort basis since JANOG21. This effort will be extended to other past meetings later.

Next JANOG meeting


  • Date: 19th-20th Jan 2012
  • Place: Wakayama Municipal Auditorium

Past Meetings

Attendee Information

As described in the "What is JANOG" section, our meetings are all in Japanese. However try asking secretariat[at] to find if and how we can help you joining JANOG meetings if you are interested! We have had several foreign speakers in English and even some foreign participants.

How to Register to Attend JaNOG meeting ;

  • The registration page is in Japanese only. So if you are interested in coming, please contact the JaNOG Secretariat ( secretariat[at-mark] ).

How to Submit a Presentation for JaNOG meeting ;

Attending JaNOG as an English speaker ;

  • Of course, JaNOG is entirely in Japanese.
  • A number of Japanese attendees speak English quite well, but they have their own work to do.
  • JaNOG has traditionally not had a wireless (or wired) network or mains power for laptops.
  • The past few meetings have had wireless inside the conference room.
  • Providing power for laptops is still a challenge we have yet to accomplish.
  • All questions and requests should be sent to the JaNOG Secretariat ( secretariat[at-mark] ).

JANOG's "Japanese Language Policy"

One of JANOG's major policies is its "Japanese Language Policy." Japanese is the only official language of JANOG, since JANOG is a forum for network operators in Japan where the official language is Japanese. We accept and welcome presentation proposals from foreign presenters at JANOG meetings, but we ask them to arrange a interpreter. On the mailing list, all the discussions are in Japanese, although we may accept non-Japanese posting of some global public announcement.

If you do not read and speak Japanese, we still welcome you to JANOG meetings as participants or as presenters. We may even be able to help you on a best effort basis, but we cannot commit to any further assistance. You are also welcome to subscribe to the mailing list, which is also in Japanese; but you are expected to have agreed to the privacy policy, which is only available in Japanese due to the costs of translating legal documents. Thank you very much for your kind understanding of our "Japanese language policy."

An effort to get JANOG contents available in English - JANOG i18n Team

Notwithstanding the Japenase Language Policy on the JANOG mailing list and in meetings, JANOG has started an effort to communicate in English with a voluntary team for it. This team is called "i18n - internationalization" team. This English page is one of the efforts, and some of meeting contents and documents are to be translated into English. Please stay tuned to this page.

Activities and Information

Mailing List

Working Groups



JANOG Update presentations are available on this page.


JANOG Committee - The committee which takes care of all of JANOG's activities
JANOG Meeting Committee - The committee which takes care of a JANOG meeting
JANOG i18n Team - A voluntary group for internationalization of JANOG's web contents and communications



Please feel free to e-mail us at secretariat[at] for your questions, inquiries and any kind of input such as;

  • Your opinion of the Web page so we can provide better information
  • Questions on the Web contents and JANOG activities
  • inquiries for possible liaison or collaboration

For a message in English, of course a response in English will be returned. ;-)


Housing of JANOG Servers is donated by
NTTPC Communications Inc.

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