updated 08:25 am EDT, Mon July 4, 2011
Sony restores Japanese PSN and Qriocity services
Sony has announced that it will finally restore its PlayStation Network (PSN) and Qriocity digital entertainment and media content services in Japan on Wednesday. The services have been down since April 20 when Sony's servers suffered a massive security breach that resulted in the theft of the user data of over 77 million users. As with the restoration of service in the North America and around the world, Japanese customers will be able to take advantage of a "Welcome Back" program that includes extended and free trial memberships as well as free games.
The Japanese return to service took longer than in other parts of the world as the Japanese government wanted to be completely satisfied that Sony had addressed the security lapses that resulted in the network breach.
After what has been a near three-month outage, Sony Japan PSN customers again have access to a fully functional PlayStation Store, in-game commerce, the ability to redeem vouchers and codes. In addition, full access has been restored to Video On Demand services through Sony's Qriocity service.