PSN Relaunch Barred in Japan

The Japanese government has made it clear it wants some stringent guarantees from Sony. While most PS3 owners across the globe have been seeing PSN service restored to their precious PS3s, one country, the Land of the Rising Sun, is still without online goodness.

According to Dow Jones, the delay of the relaunch is simply a bureaucratic maneuver, though given the seriousness of the leak, it is perhaps, justified:

“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. As of May 13, Sony was incomplete in exercising measures that they said they will do on the May 1 press conference,” he said, adding that he could not provide details on the outstanding issues for security reasons.

The second was in how Sony hoped to regain consumer confidence over personal data such as credit card information.

“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.

Until then, Japanese users will continue to be left out in the dark. We’ll keep you posted.

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