This is a feature article that involves PayPay employees giving their “honest opinion” on “why they joined” and the “surprises encountered after joining”. This time, we sat down with Ryo Sato in the Legal Department.
Ryo is in charge of reviewing contractual schemes with merchants, drafting contracts, and providing legal support for the sales promotion tool “PayPay My Store,” Myna-Point business, and local government campaigns.
Before joining PayPay, I was in charge of all legal and intellectual property affairs at a Japanese company that planned, developed, and operated online games for PCs and smartphones.I quit the company and joined PayPay because I had always wanted to provide new value to society and enrich people’s lives. I was also interested in helping to create a cashless society, which was listed as a government policy in the “Future Investment Strategy 2018”. When I first saw PayPay’s vision, I felt that all these dots were connected in a single line, and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity.
Soon after I joined the company, I was able to engage in a wide range of projects, including registering as a fund transfer operator, implementing large-scale campaigns, and sorting out the naming rights for the FUKUOKA PayPay Dome. The legal department has many opportunities to interact with people from other departments, and through these projects, everyone remembered my name and face early on, so I was able to quickly create a comfortable working environment for myself. I was very happy when I was invited to a get-together organized for business team members, even though I’m in a different division.
On the other hand, we had a lot of office relocations and packing was quite a hassle. Now I work from home under the Work from Anywhere at Anytime (WFA) system. Counting that as the latest office, it’s the 4th office I’ve worked in since joining PayPay!
I guess I won’t know until I quit. PayPay is the third company I’ve worked at, but in all the companies I’ve worked at, I never thought about whether it was good or bad having joined. I’m the type of person who always realizes how lucky I am only when I’m about to quit.
In increasing PayPay’s use cases, there are still many areas that are not yet provided-for by laws & regulations. Sometime in the future, I would like to be involved in the rule-making for such matter and contribute to creating a cashless society in any possible way I can.