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Hosting site for Japanese target audience.

If I wanted to host a site for Japanese customers what hosting options should I look into in order to be able to provide fast service but if possible keep it close to home, is that even a issue nowdays as long as you have big pipes going out?

Is it likely I could host it in with a Japanese hosting company, some times Japanese business laws are a little stooooopiiid so I don't know if they have restrictions or not.

It should only be basic browsing and a shopping cart, pictures and graphics, maybe some light videos but if so not much, not enought to make a difference in where to host it.
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linuxoCommented:
Hi,

i advice to use hostingzoom.com, i have 7 years with them now.


thanks
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shalomcCTOCommented:
the pipes are big, but latency is still an issue.
Some western hosting firms have datacenters in japan. for example, Amazon AWS.

I have had some really weird business experiences working directly with japanese infrastructure firms, although it was 8 years ago..
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REIUSAAuthor Commented:
shalomc,
Do you think the latency would be an issue for a typical text and pictures retail site?
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shalomcCTOCommented:
depends on how much AJAX your site will use, and on the number of resources your web pages need.
AJAX is especially sensitive to latency, so if you use stuff like lightbox, jquery,  or other cool technology that interacts with the server a lot, your audience may suffer.
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REIUSAAuthor Commented:
I see. It sounds like it would be best fo rme to find a US company that has a DC in Japan.

Before I close the question are there any other companies you guys are familiar with that are US based and have DC in Japan or Japan based web hosting companies you like working with?

Amazon AWS looks really promising although I need to dig in and see what they offer but they seem to have a lot of services. I'll look into  hostingzoom.com some more too.

Thanks,
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REIUSAAuthor Commented:
Sorry just checking in again to see if anyone has advice on the following part of the question....

"Before I close the question are there any other companies you guys are familiar with that are US based and have DC in Japan or Japan based web hosting companies you like working with?"

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REIUSAAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info.
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