PayPay Inside-Out People and Culture

Around the world with PayPay vol.10 FROM OUTSIDE


Hi Dear Readers! Let’s start October with a new format! Every interview will be split in 2 parts: 1- About our employee’s life in Japan and home country “FROM OUTSIDE” (released the first week of every month) and 2- Their experience at PayPay “FROM INSIDE”(released the second week of every month). If you missed the previous volumes of Around the world, you can find all of them by clicking here. Let’s get started!

This interview series is to show you the 35+ nationalities of PayPay employees how they survive in Japan so you can get a better picture of how we survive here!

* The Japanese version of the article is also available.

Emmanuel Medina Olguin

QA Manager

Country : Mexico / Years in Japan : 2 / Location : Tokyo

Recommend a spot/thing to do in your country


Recommend a spot/thing to do in Japan


Recommend us a dish from your country

Chiles en Nogada

You can cook them following these steps! HERE

Recommend a place where you can feel like home in Japan:

Plants there are the same as in the desert regions of Mexico. Also it has tex-mex food instead of real Mexican food, but it’s ok.

Biggest similarities or differences between Japan and Mexico

I think here in Japan, there are several etiquettes about how to behave at work. As per my point of view, in my country it is more casual. Japanese people follow the rules very strictly
Neighbors are very silent, it looks like nobody is living in the apartment next door.
Once I went to a wedding I was surprised that nobody danced during the party time. In my country it is the main activity during weddings

Why did you come to Japan?

The first time I came to Japan was in 2012 as a tourist. I fell in love with Japanese cuisine, culture and people. I decided to come back in 2019 and live in Tokyo as it was the first city I visited.

What’s the thing you like the most about living in Japan?

I don’t have to worry if walk on the street late at night.

What’s the worst or most difficult thing you experienced in Japan?

Talking to strangers and the weather

What’s the weirdest thing you did/saw in Japan?

Entering an onsen

Remember that the 2nd part of the article comes out as a set. Emmanuel will tell us about his working life at PayPay. Don’t miss it!