Further to the older posts about 15domains, I find suddenly I cannot access my PowWeb hosted site. It appears my domain name was reregistered by a Japanese group called NETOWL who don't, or refuse to, speak English.
Another extensive search showed me that my domain name (also my own name so rather worrying) expired in November last year, 10 years after I registered it, and had at some point been transferred to Dotster.
But I received no emails about this expiry, no warnings! The Whois search shows antiquated contact data, but Dotster has my updated info.
Many pleas to PowWeb support has resulted in being told that
a) my name was never registered with them
b) that 15domains was not anything to do with them anyway and
c) I must contact NETOWL (no matter how many times I've said I've tried but they don't speak English, neither do they understand google translations into Japanese)
So now what do I do? My clients all know my web address as it is my own name - just starting again with .net or .org isn't really feasible.
I really don't know where to turn next, and am losing valuable work!