Virtual Earth map coverage just got broader. We now have maps and aerials of Japan http://local.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&cp=34.68734~135.509212&style=r&lvl=15&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=3695404 & http://local.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&cp=34.68734~135.509212&style=h&lvl=15&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=3695404 respectively. This Japanese coverage is only available in Japanese characters for and can be access directly by changing the market parameter in the URL: http://local.live.com/?mkt=ja-jp.

3-D in Japan . . . not yet, but the 2D is pretty great! :)