PSN returns to Japan on July 6

Recovery of network includes all functionality for Sony's Qriocity and in-game item purchases, among other options.

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While the PlayStation Network has been restored in North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia, the service in Japan remains down. Sony Computer Entertainment announced today that the PSN will be restored on July 6.

Japan's PSN service will finally be up tomorrow.

The restoration includes access to the Japanese PlayStation Store and all forms of functionality of the Qriocity service. Specifically, members will have access to in-game item purchases, inputting product and PlayStation Network card codes, video functionality through the Qriocity service, and Media Go.

While Sony has yet to make an official statement on the reason for the delay, a news article from Nikkei suggested that the company had to provide further information and get approval from the Media and Content Industry department at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, as well as with local credit card companies.

Full PSN services were restored in North America, Europe, and Asia on June 2.

Discussion

40 comments
robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

I do want to point out something Gamespot missed. The actual PSN in Japan has been online for awhile. But the store has been down for quite some time.

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

Hello Japanese Playstation Store. Hello Japanese exclusive goodness.

CWZaft
CWZaft

Welcome back Sony of Japan! Good to see you again. Now...uh...you might want to actually hire some freaking security consultants every once in awhile so random basement vigilantes don't rape you again.

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

Does this mean that (maybe) them turning our PSN on was a bit pre-mature?? I mean, if it wasn't fit for Japan, why didn't our governments organizations say the same as the japanese ones? why did they let sony turn the psn here? that's more what im worried about. that, or they used the rest of the world to "beta" test the new security before they risked japan, lol :)

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

also, this is good news for me :D I can use my Japanese account now ^_^

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

@monson21502 Actually the JAPANESE GOVERNMENT said they won't allow Sony to go back online until they can prove it is safe for the Japanese people. Maybe you should do some research before you brainlessly bash Sony.

pakrulz
pakrulz

About freaking time, congrats to the Japanes gaming community

monson21502
monson21502

japan getting their psn back for japan is a slap in the face to all sony`s loyal fans... again... sony only cares about sony.. not even gamers from their home country get spared sony`s greedy ways....

hella_epic
hella_epic

wow it was still out for them??i had no idea................a month long outage is too long but it wasn't sony's fault,well this is good news!!!!!

vallan2
vallan2

I'm pretty sure that the reason that the network was down for so long in Japan wasn't because Sony couldn't get it up, I believe it was something along the lines of the Japanese gov't launched their inquiry into why the breach happened, and Sony wasn't allowed to relaunch the PSN until they could prove that it was secure and the inquiry was completed to a satisfactory level. Sony wasn't snubbing Japan, the gov't was being cautious.

BattyOnBench
BattyOnBench

Whats more important... the PSN coming back online or helping out the people that were affected by the series of events that took place?

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

I had no idea they were still down over yonder, still with all that's happened in japan I can't say that I blame them.

ElevenHandMan
ElevenHandMan

Any news on a Welcome Back program for them as well?

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

Pretty unreasonable to make their flagship country wait this long for restored service. If anything they should have gotten psn back first, they needed something to look forward to after that devastating earthquake. Or maybe perhaps that was the cause of the delay in the first place. Who knows? =/

jcbullen
jcbullen

A 78 day outage is inexcusable. Nothing they could say would make that OK.

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

Wow, I had no idea Japan was still down. I bet during the outage, they lived their lives and didn't switch to any other consoles.

GearsofRage9
GearsofRage9

even will the service being down the ps3 has still been selling well there hmm.

Puzzler_Aaron
Puzzler_Aaron

Whoa, I had no idea they were still down. Well I guess this is good news then!

RE2LeonS
RE2LeonS

Wow that's so messed up they had to wait so long. Japan is mainly a SONY supporter over Microsoft. I wonder if this makes an impact on their future purchases with these companies given the lack of support SONY has showed toward this country.

battousai611
battousai611

They're also still suffering from the earthquakes and tsunamis from earlier this year. That's probably the main reason their network was still down.

madi1234
madi1234

why maintain in u.s first, their peoples are the trouble maker to psn

madi1234
madi1234

i hope they can enjoy it

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

So japan finally let Sony restore PSN.They wouldnt let them do it until they were satisfied. Just imagine all the japan ps3 gamers(not to mention ad hoc party MHP3rd players) who were hugely ticked at their government?

PSaddict
PSaddict

PSN's already online long ago. What it's restoring now is the Store.

Kenshiro_Kenoh
Kenshiro_Kenoh

so they are gonna get like 10 games from their welcome back program right? damn wish i had a japanese account

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

i didnt realise Japan was still down, thats crazy a whole extra month.......

zidan4000
zidan4000

about time i get the welcome back package for my japanese account

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

Wow, many people here were freaking out when PSN went down, imagine what the Japan players had to go through.

Tha_DRP
Tha_DRP

Feel bad for Japan players, I know that feel... all to well

MoK86
MoK86

is this the reason why PSN is down for maintenance in US?

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Didn't know they were that late.

zzamaro
zzamaro

good for japanese people

howlingmage
howlingmage

that is good, The home of playstion can finaly play some online. :)

RAGEofSTUNTS
RAGEofSTUNTS

I thought they were up before North America.....