After the March 11 earthquake and tsunami devastated the coastal communities of Eastern Japan, Google started utilizing their technologies in support of relief activities -- started with Person Finder to help locate displaced individuals, and then launching "YouTube Business Support Channel," to enable local businesses to promote their products and establishments to a nationwide audience. The search gaint is now using Street View to capture 360-degree panoramic street-level imagery of the recovery efforts to help people -- better understand the scope of the destruction.
Google said that in addition to the current state of the disaster-affected areas, they will also digitally archive the area's landscapes for future generations. This imagery will help people in Japan and across the world remember and observe the tragedy of March 11, 2011.
"In addition to preserving history through Street View, the team in Japan has been busy publishing 360-degree imagery of more than 100 famous sites across Japan through Street View Partner Program," Google stated. The places that've partnered with to share views of their locations on Google Maps includes: UNESCO world heritage sites Yakushi-ji temple, Toshodai-ji temple, and Kasuga-Taisha shrine in the ancient capital city of Nara.
Google is also continuing their Business Photos project in Japan and are working with hundreds of businesses to photograph their interiors, get those images online, and show both local customers and visitors that they are open for business.
[Source: Lat Lon gblog]