Google's Street View product has gain notoriety worldwide, but not always for good reasons. People at some locations have even chased
the Street View car out of the area. But in Japan, due to privacy reasons (and short fences), critics have risen to the fore.
Yes, Google was using cameras which were just a tad bit too tall for Japanese fences, which meant they looked into quite a few backyards. So Google has agreed to lower the cameras, and reshoot, which will cost a pretty penny, as Google has already shot in Sapporo, Hakodate, Sendai, Chiba, Saitama, Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara.
Street View has produced lawsuits, protests, requests for removal and blurring. Still, for Street View in Japan, it could be worse. Greece recently banned Street View cars over privacy issues.