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Service in Japan was introduced on August 4, 2008. Japan's coverage is concentrated in five areas with a total of 10 camera icons. The service has faced criticisms from bloggers in Japan of cultural insensitivity.
Google Street View camera cars were spotted in the streets of Singapore in December 2008 and January 2009; and were launched on December 2, 2009. Certain features like Bayfront Avenue, Lorong Danau, Jalan Sungei Poyan, Resorts World Sentosa and latest updated info such as Circle Line are not available, but Google Maps have revamped its satellite imagery, into 2009 – 2010 imaging. Google Street View have plans to re-shoot again in Singapore, beginning with Singapore F1 Race on November 2011.
In early 2009, camera cars with the Google Street View labels were spotted in Hong Kong's streets. On August 18, 2009, Taipei, Taiwan was added. On October 7, and December 2, 2009, more locations in Japan were added. On January 21, 2010, more Taiwan locations are added. At the same time, more Japanese locations are added. Unusually, while Street View images are, at present, primarily collected during daylight hours, a number of Taipei streets were imaged at night.
On March 11, 2010, Google Street View for Hong Kong, Macau, and more locations in Japan was launched.
On December 8, 2010, Google updated some of Japan's imagery with HD photographs.
On May 26, 2011, Google announced that, in India, capturing of Street View images in Bangalore, the capital of the state of Karnataka, had started. However, Google Street View was banned from Bangalore on June 20, 2011.
On September 2, 2011, Google has revealed that its Street View feature will be introduced to the country in association with the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
On September 3, 2011, Google started to collaborate with Tourism Malaysia to record Malaysian locations to be featured on its Google Map Street View.
On January 24, 2012, Google Street View was launched in South Korea starting with imagery from the country's capital Seoul as well as South Korea's second largest city of Busan.
On March 21, 2012, the Thailand street view is available.
On April 3, 2012, Google Street View updated Singapore's street view at its headquarters (Asia Square @ Marina View). Staff members can be spotted in rainbow color holding different Google logos.
On April 19, 2012, Israel is available street view.
Note: Bold indicates locations available in newer high quality view, and italic bold indicates locations partially available in high quality view.
|Date||Major locations added|
|Monday, August 4, 2008||Chiba, Hakodate, Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Saitama, Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo, Yokohama|
|Tuesday, August 18, 2009|| Taipei and more
|Wednesday, December 2, 2009|| Major part of Singapore
Niigata, Sado, Hiroshima, Okayama, Fukuoka, Kumamoto
|Thursday, January 21, 2010|| Kaohsiung, Taichung, Hsinchu, Yilan City, Keelung, Hualien City, Pingtung City and more
More locations in Japan
|Thursday, March 11, 2010|| Nijō Castle, Nishi Honganji, Higashi Honganji, Shōseien, Daikaku-ji, Tōfuku-ji, Kennin-ji, Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto Seika University, Otani University, Aizuwakamatsu Castle, Yomiuri Land, Fuji-Q Highland, Tsukiji Hongan-ji, Kumamoto Castle, Rikkyo University, Kyushu University, Kumamoto University, Fuji Golf Course, Aizu Matsudaira's Royal Garden, Himeji and more locations in Japan
Major part of Hong Kong including Victoria Harbour
|Monday, February 28, 2011||Chichi-jima[not in citation given]|
|Tuesday, August 16, 2011||National Museum of Iraq|
|Tuesday, December 13, 2011||Hachinohe, Aomori, Morioka, Ōfunato, Kamaishi, Miyako, Rikuzentakata, Ishinomaki, Kesennuma, Natori, Higashimatsushima, Onagawa, Minamisanriku, Watari, Yamamoto, Sōma, and more places affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.|
|Tuesday, January 24, 2012||Seoul, Busan|
|Wednesday, March 21, 2012||Bangkok, Chiangmai and Phuket|
|Thursday, April 19, 2012|| Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa
|Wednesday, September 12, 2012|| Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Tanegashima Space Center, Tsukuba Space Center, Sagamihara Campus, Chofu Aerospace Center, Earth Observation Center, Usuda Deep Space Center, Uchinoura Space Center, in Japan
|Wednesday, October 10, 2012||More locations in:|
|Thursday, January 17, 2013||Rishon LeZion, Petah Tikva, Ashdod, Beersheba, Holon, Netanya, Bnei Brak, Ramat Gan, Bat Yam, Rehovot, Ashkelon, Herzliya, Kfar Saba, Hadera, Nazareth, Lod, Ra'anana, Ramla, Giv'atayim, Rahat, Nahariya, Kiryat Ata, Eilat, Kiryat Gat, Hod HaSharon, Acre, Karmiel, Tiberias, Ramat HaSharon, Afula and more locations in Israel|
|Wednesday, February 20, 2013||Nagano, Ueda, Maebashi, Fukui, Mazda Museum in Hiroshima and other locations in Japan including various HD images updates|
|Monday, March 18, 2013|| South Base Camp on Mount Everest, Tengboche Monastery, Kala Patthar, Mudslide bridge between Lukla and Namche Bazaar, Stupa in Namche Bazaar (Nepal)
Mount Fuji in Japan
|Friday, April 5, 2013||Landmarks in India including Nrityagram Dance Village, Wonderla, Janapada Loka, Prakruthi Club & Resort, Olde Bangalore Resort, Clarks Exotica, Soukya International Holistic Health Centre and Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata, West Bengal, Mehrangarh Fort Nagaur Fort|
|Tuesday, April 23, 2013|| Pattaya, Chon Buri, Sattahip and other locations in Thailand
More locations in Singapore
Sha Tin Che Kung Temple and Ocean Park in Hong Kong
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Territories and Northern part of Lantau Island|
|Northern District||Kfar Kama, Kibbutz Merhavia|
|Haifa District||Haifa, Nahsholim|
|Tel Aviv District||Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan Safari|
|Jerusalem District||Jerusalem, Mini Israel, Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, Israel Museum|
|Southern District||Ben-Gurion University of the Negev|
|Chūbu||Niigata, Sado, Nagoya, Gifu|
|Hokkaidō||Sapporo, Hakodate, Asahikawa|
|Kansai||Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara|
|Kantō||Chiba, Saitama, Tokyo, Yokohama|
|Kyūshū||Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Hirado, Kumamoto, Tanegashima, Yakushima, Amami Ōshima, Tokunoshima, Okinawa, Miyako Islands, Kagoshima|
|Tōhoku||Sendai, Fukushima, Morioka|
|Macau||Macau, Taipa, Coloane and Cotai|
|Singapore||95% of Singapore|
|Northern Taiwan||Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan County, Hsinchu County|
|Central Taiwan||Taichung City, Changhua County|
|Southern Taiwan||Chiayi County, Chiayi City, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County|
|Eastern Taiwan||Ilan County, Hualien County, Taitung County|
Like in other places, there has been controversy surrounding plans to bring Street View to various Asian countries.
Google had to reshoot all images in Japan because the camera cars that took the original photographs were originally too high, leading to privacy concerns. Japanese houses are generally built quite close to the road. Roads are also narrow, often without pavements. Such factors led to privacy concerns with the original photographs.
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