I've been digging through the zone file for .name, specifically looking at third-level registrations of actual personal names, and... a tremendous majority of these (I'd estimate 85-90%) are
* Japanese names
* with Tucows as registrar
* with Yahoo! Japan as reseller and nameservers ns#.yahoodomains.jp
* and with no records besides the NS records themselves
* but which have nonetheless been continually renewed for years.
What exactly is going on? What is Yahoo! doing with all these names?
Of 24803 registered third-level domain names in the .name tld, 15079 (~61%) of these have ns01.yahoodomains.jp and ns02.yahoodomains.jp given as their nameservers, but said servers refuse all record requests for these domains (even when coming from a VPN exit point in Japan).
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko