Stories from international developers in Japan

I've spoken with international software developers working at some of Japan's most interesting tech companies so that I can share with you what it's really like working there.

What it's like to work for PayPay

Shilei long

Rapidly scaling to tens of millions of users

with Shilei Long

Shilei started working on PayPay before it launched, and has seen it grow into a product used by tens of millions of users. He explains how diversity has helped them overcome challenges, and what PayPay is looking for in candidates.

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Ashwini meshram

Growing your career by asking for you want

with Ashwini Meshram

Ashwini leads one of PayPay’s payment sub-teams. She got there by doing something she’s done throughout her career: identifying something she wants to do and asking to do it.

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Being a software engineer at SmartNews

Yucheng chen

Engineering freedom at SmartNews

with YuCheng Chen

YuCheng is a senior software engineer at SmartNews. He explains the freedom he enjoys at SmartNews: not only from a technical perspective, but also the influence he can have over the direction of the product.

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Cortland klein

Engineering management at SmartNews

with Cortland Klein

Cortland recently joined SmartNews as an engineering manager, where he leads a six person team. He talks about what drew him to the company, his role as a manager, and how they use matrix management to maximize their engineers’ success.

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Robert speller

Being one of SmartNews’ first overseas hires

with Robert Speller

When Robert joined SmartNews as a software engineer, most of his colleagues were Japanese. Since then, it’s grown into an international organization where English is predominantly used.

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What it's like to work for Drivemode

Tompee balauag

Hacking Android at Drivemode

with Tompee Balauag

Tompee Balauag describes what it’s like to work as an Android developer at Drivemode, where he and the other developers regularly push the limits of Android devices.

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Javier blanco

Developer Culture at Drivemode

with Javier Blanco

Javier Blanco talks about what it’s like being an Android developer at Drivemode, including the international culture, flexible environment, and the ability to shape the direction of the product.

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Being a software engineer at LINE Corp.

Li liu

Joining LINE from Overseas

with Li Liu

Li was working in Toronto when he was recruited to join LINE as a principal engineer. He tells his story of relocating to Japan.

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Matthew bailey

Growing a career in Japan

with Matthew Bailey

Starting as a server side engineer at LINE, Matt is now a software development manager. He shares his experiences of finding a job in Japan, and gives tips on how you can be successful at landing one too.

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Swapnali koli

Joining LINE as a QA Engineer

with Swapnali Koli

Swapnali had been working at a Japanese company as a QA Engineer. Looking for a new challenge, she joined LINE, where she’s led their private cloud API automation project.

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What it's like to work for Mercari

Jieqiong yu

Joining Mercari as a tech lead

with Jieqiong Yu

Jieqiong shares her experience of joining Mercari and working as a tech lead. She explains their engineering culture and provides tips for potential applicants.

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Being a software engineer at TenTen

Laura eck

Software development at TenTen

with Laura Eck

Laura tells her story of coming to Japan and joining TenTen as a developer. She talks about some of the technical challenges she faced, and how the company takes a collaborative approach to development.

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What it's like to work for Crowd Cast

Jeremy marin 1

Crowd Cast’s strategy of hiring junior developers pays off

with Jeremy Marin

Jeremy Marin is the engineering manager at Crowd Cast. He explains the challenges and benefits of hiring junior developers, particularly ones who have graduated from developer bootcamps.

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Jeremy marin 2

Going from the only developer to the manager of a team of thirteen

with Jeremy Marin

Jeremy Marin was the first full time developer to join Crowd Cast. Five years later, the development team has grown to thirteen, with him becoming the engineering manager.

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Being a software engineer at Degica

Kazunori kajihiro

Identifying and fixing problems at Degica

with Kazunori Kajihiro

Kazunori initially joined Degica as a web application engineer, but by identifying problems he wanted to fix, his role shifted first to VP of Infrastructure, and then VP of Payment Products.

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Richard ramsden

Becoming CTO of Degica

with Richard Ramsden

After graduating from university, Richard came to Japan and found a job as a software developer. Eventually he joined Degica, where he rose to the role of CTO.

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