Yahoo still beats Google for mapping Japan

I made a big deal when Google Maps added data for Japan, but now Yahoo Japan has introduced a Java-based clone of Google Maps, complete with aerial photos. Check out this shot of the Defense Agency headquarters in Ichigaya…

And the area map, slightly zoomed out:

It’s still beta, but it kicks Google’s ass (and for that matter, everything Google makes is still in beta anyway). If you’re “nihongo OK,” do check it out.

  1. I like the way the graphic map fades to the satellite image, but I get a much closer view of my mansion on Google than Yahoo! Twice the detail. Blame it on my neighbourhood?

    Discovered your blog recently. Good mix of topics.

  2. It has its kinks, definitely.

    Also, take a look at Kansai Airport: the second island shows up at a distance, but magically disappears when you zoom in.

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