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PSN Kept Offline By Japanese Government

by Jeff Marchiafava on May 16, 2011 at 10:41 AM

This weekend we brought you news that PlayStation Network was being restored in most parts of the world, with the glaring exception of Japan. Today we learned what's causing the delay in Sony's homeland. The Japanese government.

Nikkei is reporting that the Japanese government will not allow Sony to bring PSN back online in the country until the company provides more information on the attack. Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry official Kazushige Nobutani outlined to areas that Sony needed to elaborate on before services could be restored. "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 area involves how Sony plans to regain the confidence of its consumers.

"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," Nobutani said.

We're guessing Sony will work to meet the conditions laid out by its government as quickly as possible, but until then Japanese PS3 owners will remain offline.

[via IGN]