Upon their initial arrival in Japan, privacy concerns led many citizens to view Google's Street View cars with great skepticism. PCWorld reports, however, that in the wake of the March, 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami, that mentality is fading.

As Japan works to rebuild the areas devastated by the twin natural disasters, Street View cars are providing valuable assistance. Not only are they being used to document quake-damaged neighborhoods, they're also tracking the progress in those areas as they are repaired.

Once unwanted, Google's all-seeing technology is now playing an important role in Japan, one that's being met with appreciation instead of distrust.


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      Krazeecain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Once unwanted? I really don't understand why they were in the first place. It's not like they're sneaking around indoors...
        scott
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krazeecain
        I don't get it either, if you live on a public street, there is nothing you can see in the cameras, that you couldn't with your own eyes, driving down the street.
          Matt
          • 3 Years Ago
          @scott
          @Scott...Then with that line of reasoning you should have no problem with police slapping GPS tracking on your car without you knowing and without a warrant because where ever you drive you someone could see with there own eyes right?
        Kevin W
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krazeecain
        People love to jump on the "protect my privacy" bandwagon, even when it's a non-issue. The hilarious part is what many of these same folks voluntarily put on facebook for the entire world to see.
          Mr Roadrage
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kevin W
          Facebook is very small in Japan. It's only recently become well-known. Most Japanese prefer the a homegrown network called Mixi, which is anonymous.
      Halcyon
      • 3 Years Ago
      9 out of 10 americans are clueless, and google "see no evil". a Cruise missiles is made with programable chips that can scan the landscape data and analyze it with its own set of data so it doesnt miss it's target, wiretapping is easier with if you have things map out, all this is just data that can be sold to any contractors or companies for whatever it's purpose. Google maps is a contractor that used to sell landscaping data to CIA. AGAIN 9 out of 10 americans are plain idiots that should see no evil.
      shan
      • 3 Years Ago
      @all you lost souls... people in japan weren't skeptical because asian culture is "very very private.." it's because google street view connected to people's wireless home networks and stole information...
        Mr Roadrage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @shan
        The objections came long before the wireless network scandal. People objected to how much of their houses were visible and Google agreed to re-shoot the whole country using a lower camera angle.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Google is the NSA. Period. They are part of the NWO. No coincidence Eric Schmidt was at the latest Bilderberg meeting.
      stanluca
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is that a BMW they are using for Street View? Dang Google's got too much $$$
      Rampant
      • 3 Years Ago
      "OMG the government is out to get us!!" *rolls eyes* Go spat off your bullshit someplace else conspiracy nuts.
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