Google Doing Good in Japan

Street View, repurposed


Google is doing its best to make good with the people of Japan. After more than a decade in the country, Google is hoping to transform privacy-conscious Japanese Internet users into proponents of one of the world’s biggest names on the Web.

Currently, Google holds just less than 40 percent of all search page views in Japan, compared to the more than 50 percent enjoyed by Yahoo Japan. One of the bigger snafus suffered by the Internet giant in the country was the use of its controversial 360-degree Street View cameras to augment its Google Maps service.

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