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.
Recovery of network includes all functionality for Sony's Qriocity and in-game item purchases, among other options.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
@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.
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....
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!!!!!
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.
Whats more important... the PSN coming back online or helping out the people that were affected by the series of events that took place?
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.
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? =/
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.
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.
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.
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?
so they are gonna get like 10 games from their welcome back program right? damn wish i had a japanese account
Wow, many people here were freaking out when PSN went down, imagine what the Japan players had to go through.