Published on August 5th,2008 at 12:47 AM
By >Daimaou - G.G-B

Google Street View Finally in Japan… Hold On a Sec, is it Legal?

If you’ve dreamed of walking around Japan without having to spend a lot of money, you’ll be happy to learn that Google Street View is now available here!

I could find both my house and car without too much trouble…

Now, just for you, here’s Chuo Dori in Akihabara (the main street).

Akihabara Google Street View

I have a question for the Google staff concerning the legality of this free service here in Japan. By law in Japan, before taking a picture or video of a building you must get permission from the town-hall, the owner of the building, the architects, and the people living/working in the building. If you FAIL to receive approval from one party, you’re not allowed to take a picture/video of the building…

I’m no lawyer, but I can tell you that we faced a problem like this before… So Google, how did you make it happen?

78% Amazing
6% Cool
1% Funny
7% Don’t care
8% Hate it

(127 votes)

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  • Dark

    More money than . . . Oh wait that would be giving away their trade secret @_0
    ; )

  • Politics

    Simple, just give money to the politics!

    After that, you can do EVERYTHING, I really mean EVERYTHING (including orgy on any place at any hour!).

  • jcollin3k

    Thanks for blogging this! I immediately checked out my own street, but it was too early in the morning for Google to capture me on the street.

    It’s too bad Street View maps can’t be embedded. This is the best solution I could come up with, pretty much the same as Akihabara News’ post, just put up a screenshot then a link to the actual map:


    This is a major violation of privacy. people routes to and from work, even school can be plotted. Buildings assessed for weakness and dossiers made on peoples whole commuter lifestyles. Its just google pandering to the U.S led New World Order. don’t get it wrong people were not far off international police and global serfdom.

  • marshall

    Huh? That’s not how street view works. You can’t track people’s movement. They only update the images (maybe) once a year. And the image quality isn’t good enough to ‘plot building weaknesses’.

    I love it though, because I always forget the names of places but know exactly where they are at, so I can pull them up to get the name off of them – if the angle is right, and the sign is legible, etc.

  • Rudhra

    Well thats bullshit. No tourist will request permission from all of those parties for taking pictures.

    Hell, Japanese tourists are known for photographing and filming EVERYTHING they see. Would be sad if they had to get all sorts of permissions first. So if Japan complains against Google, I’ll ask the next Japanese tourist here in Amsterdam to fill in a request-permission form and pay the 150 euro administration fee ;)



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