Sony PlayStation restarts globally, stalls in Japan

2 years ago by in Japan Archives, Technology

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Sony has started restoring the PlayStation Network online system around the world, but no announcement has been made about its home market, Japan. Authorities are demanding information on how the company will protect from any future attacks.

Sony’s online gaming network is being restored in Europe, Australia and South America, but services in Japan and Asia are still stopped while the company is discussing with the public officials.

"We are still in talks with various authorities (in Japan and Asia)," Sony spokeswoman Kumie Tanaka said.

Sony has already had two meetings with the authorities, but the officials were not satisfied with the information provided by the company.

The two areas where Sony has still to convince Japanese officials are “preventive measures” and “ways to regain consumer confidence”.

"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," said Kazushige Nobutani, the director of Media and Content Industry department at the Japanese Ministry of Economy.

Journalists from the Wall Street Journal commented on the situation that Japan is a country where regulations are more important than elsewhere, and that Sony will “relatively soon” regain consumers’ confidence. [The Australian, WSJ]


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