Nobody’s Approved Switching The PSN On In Japan Yet

Whilst the PSN might be up (or, indeed down) in Europe this morning, there’s no sign yet that Japanese gamers will be able to get their dose of online gaming on PlayStation 3 any time soon.

The Dow Jones Newswire is reporting that regulatory bodies in Japan aren’t allowing the network to be switched on until Sony can prove that they’ve taken measures to ensure this doesn’t happen again.


“We met with Sony on May 6 and 13, and basically we want two things from them,” Kazushige Nobutani, director of the Media and Content Industry department at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, told Dow Jones Newswires.

“The first is preventative measures,” he said. “As of May 13, Sony was incomplete in exercising measures that they said they will do on the May 1 press conference.”

He also wants to know how Sony plans to regain customer confidence.

“There were similar cases in the past that were caused by other firms, and we are asking Sony whether their measures are good enough when compared to countermeasures taken in the past,” he said.

There’s no word currently on when the PSN will be restarted in Sony’s Japanese territories.



  1. PSN is up in Europe. Without a doubt. Yesterday evening it was a bit wobbly though.

  2. I’d be happy if they would just put the store back up, I’m itching for Resident Evil Director’s Cut, I need to make me a Jill sandwich!

  3. can’t wait for this whole episode to be a thing of the past, hope japanese gamers can get back online soon

  4. Whilst Japan are clearly still facing delays on returning to their online gaming fix, I think I would have preferred that any/all regulatory bodies wanted some answers before allowing them to switch it back on – Don’t get me wrong, I was happy to see my beast roar back into life last night, but fact of the matter is that outside of news reports & Sony stating that the service would be more secure, there was actually no mention of it at all, so I couldn’t say with any degree of certainty whether it was more secure or not.

    Not sure whether Sony need to do more than they have suggested in order to restore confidence (as some people stayed faithful to the Sony brand, whereas others clearly just decided that Sony was the devil), but surely that’s Sony’s issue to sort out & not something that the regulatory bodies should really have any say on?

    I can see how one of the biggest data breaches of all time would have made them a bit ‘edgy’ about how secure the network is, but what difference does it make to them whether Sony’s customers get 10,000¥, or a set of fluffy dice as compensation?

  5. And we thought we had it bad lastnight when it was turned on but then went off again for about an hour!

  6. It don’t seem to matter in Japan because the PS3 is still selling 20K+ every week. I hope they get it back ASAP tho[well i have a Japan account to, to reactivate];)

  7. off topic slightly, but is the EU Store open for bidness?

    • No, could be by the end of May… hopefully THAT doesn’t end up being delayed for E3.

  8. Hope they’re online soon

    • So do I. To be honest, I didn’t think ANYONE would be up and running before Japan with Sony’s track record of looking ater their own first.

  9. As long as Europe is up and running, thats all that matters to me! Focus on your own territory I say, as no one gives a gash about us

  10. How I missed my psn. Glad the online is back.

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