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H-JAPAN May 4, 2009 Online Editor: David Wittner <email@example.com> Date: Mon, 04 May 2009 13:44:58 -0700 From: Hisayuki Ishimatsu <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Google's Japanese maps - Berkeley's position David Rumsey and I have been aware of this issue and for the past few weeks we have been working together on what to do with it. Google thought about removing those two Japanese maps, but that was too shameful. Rather, Google and Rumsey decided to white-out the areas while Berkeley decided not to alter any of our online maps. Google is a business enterprise and wants to avoid any trouble, I understand their position. We have not altered the original maps in either the main online collection or in the Google Maps collection - both of which are not hosted by Google but rather by David Rumsey. The maps were changed in Google Earth because Google had received several complaints from concerned groups that the maps could be used to further discrimination. Because Google hosts these maps on their server, we agreed with the decision to make the changes. We also have a link from the Google Earth balloon for both altered maps that gives information on the map, explains the reason for the alterations, and links to an unaltered version. From the article it appears that various groups took different positions on this issue -- some wanted the maps changed, others did not. Over ten years ago a Japanese map collector, Takashi Otsuka, made an agreement with Buraku Kaiho Domei (Buraku Liberation League) to publish a book of collection of old Kyoto maps without erasing those names. Since then most Japanese publishers started publishing reproductions of old maps without alterations. The largest among them, Kashiwa Shobo, whose VP, Hiroshi Tobe, has told me that it is important to clearly state their position to recognize the historical facts as they are to solve social discriminations in the preface of book. We have followed this policy with our online maps that we host and control. Google, because of its position, felt that it had to take a different approach. Yuki Ishimatsu, C. V. Starr East Asian Library, UC Berkeley ------------------------------------------------------------------------ You can manage your H-Japan subscription at H-Net Subscription Management Page without requiring the use of LISTSERV commands by email. Change of address operations, digest requests and temporary mail suspensions can be handles by using this page. The link to this page is: http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/lists/manage.cgi