PSN: Japanese government blocks online service's return

Safety guarantees demanded

Online offering is back up and running in rest of the world.

PSN might have made its belated return to online life over the weekend. But Japan’s government has told Sony it can’t fire up the service on its shores until it meets a set of safety demands.

In a statement, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said, “We met with Sony on May 6 and 13, and basically we want two things from them. 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.”

The second demand focuses on regaining consumer confidence. The statement continued, “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.”

Sony has responded, saying, “We are still in talks with various authorities in Japan and Asia. By receiving advice from the industry ministry, we would like to have the service in Japan ready."

PSN users have finally been able to access online services again in the past day, although password reset issues have plagued the service. Is PSN working for you? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Via Dow Jones