There have been a bunch of stories about how Sony is finally bringing its PlayStation Network back online (though, the funniest headline I've seen is the BBC's which claims that Sony is "relaunching"
the PSN, as if it's a marketing thing...). However, it appears that the gradual comeback is not coming to Japan just yet, as the government is not yet comfortable that Sony can really protect its users
"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, told Dow Jones Newswires.
He listed two areas where it requires further explanation before approval will be given following the incidents regarding its PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment videogame services.
"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," he said, adding that he could not provide details on the outstanding issues for security reasons.
The second was in how Sony hoped to regain consumer confidence over personal data such as credit card information.
"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," he said.