Hi Dear Readers! I can’t believe it’s already December! It’s been 1 year since we started Around The World with PayPay, we had many visits from people like you, curious about our foreigner employees and their life in Japan! Remember that now every interview is 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). This time will join us one of our Senior Managers, who is from Argentina! ¡Martín che! ¡Qué bueno que viniste! 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 will show you about the 40 nationalities of PayPay employees and how they survive in Japan so you can get a better picture of our diversity!
* The Japanese version of the article is also available.
Martín Di Domenico
Senior Engineering Manager
Country : Argentina / Years in Japan : 2 / Location : Tokyo
Recommend a spot/thing to do in your country
Travel through Argentina’s widely different natural landscapes, from the cold weather of Patagonia in the south, to the arid mountains of the north-west, and the tropical jungles of the north-east.
Favorite spot in Japan
Recommend us a dish from your country
Biggest similarities or differences between Japan and Argentina
Argentina and Japan are almost on opposite sides of the world, not only geographically, but also culturally. Where in Japan everything is well planned and prepared for, Argentina is a lot more casual and spontaneous. From working and social interactions, to personal relationships, everything in Argentina is more warm and demonstrative than here. Never expect an Argentinean in Argentina to arrive on time to absolutely anywhere. ????
Why did you come to Japan?
I studied some Japanese when I was a teenager, and even came to study it in Tokyo for 6 months when I was in my twenties, but never since then had the opportunity to actually use it much. So living in Japan is something that has been always in the back of my mind since then.
What’s the thing you like the most about living in Japan?
The safety and stability of living here. Two things that are hard to find in Argentina.
What’s the worst or most difficult thing you experienced in Japan?
Getting used to the risk of natural disasters. Being raised in Buenos Aires, natural disasters were almost completely unheard of by me until I moved to Japan.
What’s the weirdest thing you did/saw in Japan?
Getting into a random local Onsen in a lost small town somewhere in the middle of Tohoku.
Remember that the 2nd part of the article comes out as a set. Martín will tell us about his working life at PayPay. Don’t miss it!