Google faces backlash as Japanese maps on Google Earth unveil secrets

Google’s inclusion of historical Japanese Maps in Google Earth has caused an outcry in Japan. Google is now facing inquiries from the Justice Ministry and angry accusations of prejudice because its maps detailed the locations of former low-caste communities. The maps date back to the country's feudal era, when shoguns ruled and a strict caste system was […]

Google’s inclusion of historical Japanese Maps in Google Earth has caused an outcry in Japan. Google is now facing inquiries from the Justice Ministry and angry accusations of prejudice because its maps detailed the locations of former low-caste communities. The maps date back to the country's feudal era, when shoguns ruled and a strict caste system was in place. At the bottom of the hierarchy were a class called the "burakumin," ethnically identical to other Japanese but forced to live in isolation because they did jobs associated with death, such as working with leather, butchering animals and digging graves.

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