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Stories of life in Japan from France Start a new chapter of life with my partner in Japan

 

Back in 2015, I had participated in a study abroad program at a private university in Tokyo. I had many wonderful experiences! However, because it was such a short stay, there were still many places I did not have a chance to visit in Japan which left me with a feeling of regret.

After working for a few years, I started working as a freelance engineer as I was traveling the world with my partner. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic broke out and I had no choice but to return to France. It was at that time a friend introduced me to PayPay and it turned out to be the perfect opportunity!

In my case, I wanted to bring my partner so my primary concern was whether or not I could make that happen. PayPay was very considerate of this concern and helpful in following up with everything from visa processing, to travel and preparations for me and my partner to come and live in Japan.

Back in 2015, I had participated in a study abroad program at a private university in Tokyo. I had many wonderful experiences! However, because it was such a short stay, there were still many places I did not have a chance to visit in Japan which left me with a feeling of regret.

 

After working for a few years, I started working as a freelance engineer as I was traveling the world with my partner. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic broke out and I had no choice but to return to France. It was at that time a friend introduced me to PayPay and it turned out to be the perfect opportunity!

In my case, I wanted to bring my partner so my primary concern was whether or not I could make that happen. PayPay was very considerate of this concern and helpful in following up with everything from visa processing, to travel and preparations for me and my partner to come and live in Japan.

I had lived in Japan before, but actually living here was a big culture shock. For examples:

  • In France and Europe, there are flexible rules based on individual situations, but in Japan sometimes there is less flexibility. rules are relatively more flexible than Japan based on individual situations.
  • Lunch breaks in Japan are shorter than in France.
  • Public transportation in Japan is clean, but there are sometimes drunks on the last train(laughs)

But it is very interesting to encounter these culture shocks. You can see how different countries and nationalities have different ways of living and seeing the world.

In my daily life I do not have any issues as I have studied conversational Japanese so I can order food in restaurants, and supermarkets without a problem. Sometimes I feel the language barrier when I need to do an administrative task but usually I can search information or use translation tools so it’s not really an issue.

 
 

I had lived in Japan before, but actually living here was a big culture shock. For examples:

  • In France and Europe, there are flexible rules based on individual situations, but in Japan sometimes there is less flexibility. rules are relatively more flexible than Japan based on individual situations.
  • Lunch breaks in Japan are shorter than in France.
  • Public transportation in Japan is clean, but there are sometimes drunks on the last train(laughs)

But it is very interesting to encounter these culture shocks. You can see how different countries and nationalities have different ways of living and seeing the world.

In my daily life I do not have any issues as I have studied conversational Japanese so I can order food in restaurants, and supermarkets without a problem. Sometimes I feel the language barrier when I need to do an administrative task but usually I can search information or use translation tools so it’s not really an issue.

PayPay is a workplace that has a great environment to learn new things and challenge yourself. The infrastructure and services we handle every day must support a user base of more than 58 million.

As for the working environment, I find it similar to when I worked for European companies. There are so many different nationalities working in the Product Division, so it feels very comfortable to work here.

Since this is a fully remote environment, PayPay is suited to those who have the ability to act independently, get work done on their own, and are good at thinking logically. It is also perfect for people who value team culture and those who can communicate well with other members of the team!