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PlayStation Store Returns to Japan on July 6

Japanese PSN and Qriocity finally scheduled for full service restart.


PlayStation Network will see its full return in the Japanese market on July 6, Sony Computer Entertainment announced today. This means that PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable owners will finally be able to access PlayStation Store, which has remained inaccessible to Japanese players in the aftermath of the late April hacking attacks even as service returned to other markets.

The July 6 recovery includes all functionality for both PlayStation Network and Sony's Qriocity service. Members will have access to PlayStation Store, in-game item purchases, product code and PlayStation Network card and ticket use, video functionality through Qriocity, and Media Go.

Full PSN service was first restored in North America, Europe and parts of Asia on June 2. Hong Kong and South Korea followed respectively on June 14 and June 24. With the July 6 Japanese restoration, all services that were frozen post April 20 will have been restored in all territories.

Sony never gave an official statement about the reason for the lengthy Japanese delay, but reports in Nikkei and other news sources suggested that the company had to meet security demands from the Japanese government and credit card companies.

You can see Sony's notice here (Japanese).

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