In Japan the regulatory ball rolls slower: the PlayStation Network remains offline in the Land of the Rising Sun, even as Japan-headquartered Sony Corporation spent the past four days turning it up pretty much everywhere else.
Blame the Japanese government, which won’t give Sony the green light until regulators are satisfied the network is secure. It’s a rather curious conundrum from a Western perspective. Imagine the outcry here (I’m not saying rightly or wrongly) if it turned out U.S. regulators were blocking Sony’s return to health and wealth.
Japanese regulators met with Sony twice earlier this month seeking an accounting of “preventative measures,” according to Dow Jones. They’re also looking at Sony’s plans to promulgate those measures to consumers, as well as how Sony plans to bolster consumer confidence.
"As of May 13, Sony was incomplete in exercising measures that they said they will do on the May 1 press conference," said Kazushige Nobutani, director of the Media and Content Industry department at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Nobutani said he couldn’t go into further detail about what else remained to be done for security reasons.
For the rest of us, the PSN wobbled to life on Saturday as (presumably) millions of gamers logged on and hammered Sony’s servers by changing passwords as part of a mandatory measure instated by a security-related firmware update. On Monday, Sony detailed its “PSN Customer Appreciation Program” for North American users, which includes free games and boutique member services when the PlayStation Store returns to service (probably at some point later this month).