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Japan Refuses to Approve PSN Restoration

This past weekend, Sony confirmed that it was beginning a regional, phased restoration of PSN and Qriocity services. The news followed weeks of no service and during the outage Sony maintained the reason for the lengthy outage was that Sony was trying to do its job and make sure users’ information was as safe as possible. However, it seems the Japanese government isn’t convinced, as it’s blocking the restoration of PSN until it can verify that Sony has taken care of a few issues.

Dow Jones cites a Japanese regulatory official that Sunday said Sony would not be permitted to restart PSN until the company can, among other things, provide more information about how it plans to prevent such attacks from occurring again in the future.

"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, is quoted as saying.

The first is preventative measures. Nobutani says that as of May 13, Sony was been "incomplete in exercising measures" outlined in the company's May 1 press conference. For security reasons, Nobutani did not provide details about the areas in which the government believes Sony is lacking. The second thing the ministry wants is for Sony to share how it plans to win back consumer confidence. Sony says it's currently in discussions with Japan and working to restore service based on those discussions.

"We are still in talks with various authorities (in Japan and Asia)," a spokeswoman for the company told Dow Jones before adding, "By receiving advice from the industry ministry, we would like to have the service in Japan ready."

It’s not known how soon Sony can provide the ministry with what it requires for the restoration of PSN. However, previous comments from the company suggest that it hopes to have full service restored by the end of the month and we can’t imagine this taking longer than that.