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How to Make a Japanese PSN account (IE: You need to play Catherine right now)

// Submitted @ 1:57 PM on 01.28.2011


Since the Catherine demo is finally out, I know a lot of you will probably be scratching your heads in regards to how to make a Japanese PSN account. Well, scratch no more!

Note: each break is used for a new menu, so the guide is easy to follow.

Step 1 - Create a gmail account in anticipation of the PSN account

You should have a valid email to register for the PSN Store, because it makes things a lot easier. Make something related to Japanese culture (for easy reference) on Gmail.

Step 2 - Create a username

This is your PS3's unofficial username. Go to the far left side of the XMB, and hit "create new user". My suggestion is to name it something simple, like "Japanese PSN". You can always change this later, if you aren't happy with your name. Additionally, I suggest slapping a Japanese themed wallpaper on the account so you don't get confused, if you decide to make an EU/Taiwan account down the road.

Step 3- Get onto the JP PSN

Once you're ready to start accessing the Japanese storefront, simply go to the Playstation Network part of the XMB, and hit "Playstation Store". You'll immediately be required to register.

Set your Country/Region of Residence to "Japan", and put your real birthday, as it may help recovering your account if you forget your information. The language has to be Japanese. Hit ok.

Now you're able to "look, but not touch" the PSN. Browse around and feel free to find some interesting icons. When you're ready to download anything (which is done the same way as the US store, by clicking an item, and selecting the second option), click the shopping cart on the top of the screen (or download a demo), and you'll be required to register.

Step 4 - Officially sign up for the PSN

You'll see some advertisements for Playstation Home and the like. Ignore these and hit "Create New Account (New Users)". Hit ok.

The next screen is the same Birthday and language screen as before, except it's in Japanese. Do not change the first two boxes. Keep your birthday the same, and click the bottom right menu option (OK).

Next, you'll have to agree to the Terms of Service. Scroll all the way to the bottom and hit the bottom right menu option (OK).

After that, you have to plug in your gmail account first. Then, you have to plug in a password, and CONFIRM your password again (like most internet forms) - note that the password has to be at least eight characters, and you should probably put a few numbers in there to make sure you aren't denied. The last two boxes are your secret question and the answer. Put gibberish, as you have to use kanji. Click OK on the bottom right.

Now you have to make a username. I tend to make my JP accounts have something to do with Japan - for instance - "shibuyadrifter82". It's easy to remember, and it associates myself with that particular national account. For EU, "teabeatscrumpets82" would be spot on. If you get a friendly message, and the OK bottom on the bottom lights up, you're good to go. If not, the name is taken or blocked, and you need to try again.

This next part can be tricky. As the Home symbol denotes, this is your address. For the first part, fill in random numbers all the way up until you've exhausted them, and hit X. Select anything from the next drop down menu. Then, fill in random letters for the next box, and the "address 1" box. You can skip "address 2", and make sure you fill in the bottom. It may take you a few tries to do it, but I used "7809652144", and it worked, for the top entry, and the second drop down choice for the next box.

After this, you'll recieve a confirmation page. Make sure you check the box, and then select OK at the bottom right.

This next page is a summary of everything. Make sure you write down your username (ie shibuyadrifter82) AND your email associated with this account. If your account is lost, it's the only way to get it back. Go to the bottom right and hit ok. Congratulations! You've just made an account.

Step 5 - Peruse

Feel free to peruse the store. Your information is saved. Make sure save password is on so you can always easily connect.

When you're in the store, these are what the tabs are, on the left.

Tab 1 - Popular Categories.

Tab 2 - New Releases.

Tab 3 - Alphabetical list of games.

Tab 4 - Developer catalogs (really useful, as most of these are in English, and allow you to find some unexpected releases from your favorite team).

Tab 5 - Categories. Here you'll find new full PSN games, addons (controller with a plus), demos (this is the meat of your experience - it doesn't require any payment - it's denoted by the controller icon that's fourth from the left) and more.

Tab 6 - As advertised, the PSP has it's own section of the PSN. Pretty sweet!

Tab 7 - PSN Classics

Tab 8 - PS Plus

Don't worry - you can switch back to your regular US account and still download your files in the background. Enjoy your new account!

Click Tab 2, and find the Catherine demo as one of the first choices. Or, if you're checking this out late, go to Tab 4 and click Atlus. You'll find it.
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