Found this on Reddit, thought you would all be interested to see if you haven't already:
(Translation and Credit to Tank Police on the Reddit forums)
A Japanese forum thread has appeared asking about the validity of the English forums' belief that Early Access will be the 20th of August. On the Japanese forums, this is not well-known yet. In reponse, a Japanese developer has made this post:
This topic has certainly become widespread on the English forums, hasn’t it? This piece of information has developed into something rather complicated, so after this the rep teams for each language will make a response as necessary, but for the time being we have not announced the date for Early Access in any region. In order to prevent confusion, we would like to make this point clear.
The current status is the same as is displayed on this page: http://jp.finalfantasyxiv.com/product/index.html
Those who pre-order Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn and register a special early-access code will be able to play FFXIV a few days prior to the official release date!
As is mentioned above.
Until we make a further announcement, please stay tuned.
<Translator’s Note: The Japanese product info page has one specific word of note for when Early Access is : 下旬. This means the last 1/3rd of a month. This may be a case of SE simply wishing to stress that they haven’t made anything official yet, or may be an attempt to refute our current knowledge. Let the speculation commence!>