Google Street View car, photo by Matt McGee via Flickr

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.