PSN, SOE not back in Japan, need approval first

While Sony fans are celebrating the return of PSN this week, the service is still yet to go live in Japan, along with Sony Online Entertainment games too. Reason? They’re simply not allowed to. Not until they get approval, anyways.

Kazushige Nobutani, a man that bares the rather huge title of director of the Media and Content Industry department at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, has revealed what needs to be done before services are restored. He 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.”

Nobutani is also asking after Sony’s strategy to rebuild confidence in consumers post-outage: “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.”

That’s a little bit worrying to hear now that the network’s back. How long will Japanese gamers have to wait?