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This is rather odd - I noticed recently that various street names and places in London are being labelled in Japanese (Katakana) on Google Maps (on maps.google.co.uk).

For example, Vauxhall:

I found mention of the same issue on this local forum from a few weeks ago (for Southwark station in that case).

Is this an experimental feature that I've got enabled by mistake?

Is is possible to switch it off?

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Most likely because it was added that way (in Japanese) by a user, by editing the place (http://www.google.com/help/maps/edit/).

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I guess you're right. I've submitted edits for the ones I've found back into English. Let the edit the edit wars commence! – therefromhere Jun 4 '11 at 8:24
(it does seem strange that there's not an interface to select which language you prefer, since from the edit history it's aware of the different language labels) – therefromhere Jun 4 '11 at 8:32

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