I have a website that is currently hosted in Japan and has been for a number of years. Its well established in the search engines in both Yahoo Japan and Google Japan.
For numerous reasons its become necessary to move our site to a new host, and our systems administrator has asked me if its ok to use a none Japanese Host in a country close by, preferably the US.(Not exactly close but closer than some).
I am trying to find out if moving the site away from its homeland will have a significant effect on its search engine rankings in Japan. I've heard from somwhere that it will negatively effect the site, but I was hoping someone could provide some evidence, or ideally a case study for this?
Its a tall order, but maybe someone can help out there?