Adriasang is reporting that the PlayStation Network will be back online sometime later this month in Japan. The government had asked the company to provide more assurances that it had better security on its service. PSN users outside of Japan have had access to some of the services since last week.
Delays in Japan were brought on by requests from the government and some credit card companies who wanted more information from Sony. Credit card companies are being hard on Sony because they would be held accountable in the event of card misuse. In America, Sony has insurance to cover that kind of damage.
PSN users outside of Japan have had access to parts of the service since last week. As detailed yesterday in Asahi, delays in Japan were brought on by requests from the government and credit card companies for more information from Sony. In Japan, card companies would be held accountable in the event of card misuse. In America, Sony has a contract in place with an insurer to cover possible damages.
Japanese news agency Nikkei reports that Sony will give member information (name and credit card number) to credit card companies, which will allow them to monitor accounts for misuse or fraud. The report also notes that Sony has 12.3 million credit card numbers on file both in and out of Japan.
The report did not say exactly when PSN would launch again in Japan or what games would be available for free to Japanese users.