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How To Set Up A Japanese PSN Account

With PS4 now out in Japan, there’s a whole new world of import content out there, and getting hold of it is surprisingly simple. Follow these ten easy steps and you’ll be free to browse the Japanese PSN Store at your leisure – be sure to pick up region-specific freebies like the Yakuza Ishin! demo and F2P fighter SoulCalibur: Lost Swords!

Step 1: Create A New User
From the main dashboard, start by creating a new profile. You might want to name it so that you remember it’s your Japanese account if you have many profiles on your console already. This is a local identifier only, so it needn’t be original or clever – only you will ever see this particular handle.

Step 2: Select ‘Sign In’ In The PSN Menu
Time to sign in, although you don’t actually have a PSN account yet – that’s kind of the point of this tutorial, after all. Choose to create a new account rather than use an existing one. You’ll need an email address that isn’t already tied to a PSN account ready.

Step 3: Set Your Region To ‘Japan’
Time to bend the truth. Set your country of residence to Japan but before you do so, set your date of birth – the language will change to Japanese as soon as you set your region, so be ready for that. In case you get lost, the top option is Country’, the second ‘Language’ (you don’t need to/can’t change this) and the third is ‘Date Of Birth’.

Step 4: Terms And Conditions
Nobody reads these things anyway, so the fact that it’s all in Japanese shouldn’t change things all that much. Scroll all the way through the wall of text and select the far right option of the three at the bottom to move onto the next part of the process.

Step 5: Select An Email/Password Combo
If you already use your only email address for your main PSN account, don’t worry – you can just make one up, although you’ll have no way of recovering your password if you do. You can always just sign up for a free online address and use that, if you’d rather. Stick the address and your password in (twice – must be at least eight characters and include both letters and numbers), hit the tickbox (to remember the password) and pick the right hand option at the bottom.

Step 6: Create A PSN ID
The easiest thing to do to secure one that isn’t already in use is just stick ‘JPN’ or something else on the end of your existing PSN ID. Again, the far right option is ‘Confirm’ – if you’re taken to an error screen, the name you’ve chosen is either already in use or otherwise invalid.

Step 7: Make Up A Name
The first two fields here are for your name (first and surname) and the third is your gender. Since these make literally no difference to anything on PSN, chuck in whatever you like into each of the boxes and hit the far right option at the bottom again to move on.

Step 8: Make Up An Address
Use a real address if you like but these aren’t checked, so it can be literally anything. The first is for number only, the dropdown menu below is for area (as in county or state) and the remaining boxes can be filled in with literally anything. The right hand box below completes the process.

Step 9: Confirm Your Details And Sign In
Well, sort of. The last thing to do is to confirm your details. Make a note of the ID, email and password in case your brain loses any of them at a later date and hit that far right button one last time. You’re done!

Step 10: Hit The Store!
You should know where to find the Store by now, and even navigating it shouldn’t be too much of a hassle if you already know your way around. There are loads of awesome things on the Japanese Store that you can’t find anywhere else, so explore, enjoy and let us know what awesome goodies you get!

Adding Funds

As with using a US account in Europe, you won’t be able to add funds or buy anything (that isn’t free, at least) with a credit or debit card from a region other than that of the account you’re using. As such, you’ll need to invest in PSN cash cards, which are sold by various reputable websites and individuals (as well as less reputable ones – shop around and try to get testimonials from friends about the best places to go for your imported cash). Once you’ve got your code, head to the usual Redeem Code link on the Store (don’t let the language barrier put you off – the option is in the same place as on the domestic Store) and you’ll be able to pick up anything you like up to the value you’ve added. Happy shopping!

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  • Hi thanks for the article! Ended up playing Dark Souls 3 in Japanese before release thanks to this 🙂 I’ve notice many people think having multiple accounts and downloading from different stores goes against some rules or whatever…

    I just think gamers do deserve the same treatment worldwide, after-all, should companies still try to make that much extra bit of a profit when we live in a globalized world? If they still try to monetarize that, then I will use my ingenuity to get as cheap a deal as I can… don’t know, it just seems fair 🙂