Tokyo, Sep 30: The Japanese government has reportedly asked public organizations to not use Google maps because some of the names mentioned while charting Japan, undermine the country’s territorial claims.
The disputed islands include the South Korean-controlled islets in the Sea of Japan called Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in the South, Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea claimed by China as Diaoyu and by Taiwan as Tiaoyutai, and four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido.
Sources said that some registrations in the electronic maps on the home pages are incompatible with Japan’s stance.
According to the Japan Times, the country is involved in disputed over the sovereignty of these territories, and is also battling South Korean efforts to have the Sea of Japan renamed the East Sea.
Meanwhile, Google said that it tries to act in accordance with the positions of each state and to provide fair information, but did not comment on individual cases, the report added. (ANI)