Mr. Pham Duy Hung (Vietnam, 25, IT)

From Vietnam, Pham Duy Hung takes on the role as an IT programmer in the SPEEDA product team of Uzabase Inc, a company that specializes in digital media operations for platforms such as social economics news publisher NEWS PICKS. (JIKOPY)

  • English (United States)
  • 日本語
  • 한국어
Name Mr. Pham Duy Hung (25)
Nationality Vietnam
Company Uzabase Inc.
Industry IT and Communication
Career Programmer
Location Tokyo
Japanese skills Before Japan:JLPT-N4
Current level:JLPT-N3
Study abroad experience (Japan) None
Lastest educational history (before Japan) University Graduate
Work experience before Japan None

Why do you want to work in Japan?

Tell us about your interests and motives of coming to Japan.

When I was child, I watched a lot of TV travel guide channels, which showed many countries all around the world. I love the unique cultures, the stories, the people and the way each country build its own cities.

The target of my life is to expand my own world, greater and greater. My own world is knowledge and the way I enjoy to live with people in each country I went and will go.

Japan is well-known for the high technology skills and unique culture (which is similar to my own country). I really, really want to live in Japan for a while. I had the chance to learn Japanese at my university in Vietnam, so I thought I should take this chance, and made the first step to expand my own world.

When did you decide that you want to work in Japan?

When I was around 23 years old.

When did you start work in Japan?

At 24 years old.

Why do you want to work in Japan?
  • There are many things I need to learn on methods, ideas and high technology.
  • I want to live in Japan.

Tell us about your job search for work in Japan.

What was your method of job searching?
  • Career fairs and job-related events outside of Japan
What was your criterion when choosing a company? Please rank the following from 1- 3 from the choices below based on priority.
  1. A company where I can learn and further my career for the future.
  2. Interest in the company
  3. A company with jobs that utilize my language skills.
When attempting to get a job in Japan, what was your biggest challenge?
  • The level of Japanese that the companies require are too high.

Tell us about your current job.

Tell us about your main role/responsibility.

I am a programmer. I am working in the SPEEDA product team in Uzabase Inc. My role is creating new functions, and add it to our product.

Tell us about what you consider important and concerns you other than your job.

I consider my family more important than my job.

What is the appealing factor/attractive feature of your current employment?

I can do what I love: programming.
I can build the brand new function, make our product better and better. Our product is helping financial and banking clients do their job, so the better our product is, the better their job is. This means a lot to me.

Tell us about working in Japan.

Tell us why working in Japan appeals to you.

Japan is the country with very high technology level, and high skill IT developers. Japanese people are also friendly, and they are hard workers. Japanese invented many amazing things, such as the bullet train, pocket calculators…

The thing I love most about Japan is the local people. They are hard workers, creative, and always try to improve themselves every day. So, working with them is my pleasure, and my own opportunity to learn the best things from them.

Are there any other struggles you are facing aside from work in Japan? How did you manage to deal with it?

The most challenging obstacle I am facing in Japan is Japanese language. For the first 2 months in Japan, I was just alone, and my Japanese was not good enough to understand other people.

The way I manage to deal with it is just like a baby, I learned Japanese step by step, asked them when I didn’t understand anything. Now, I am familiar with the language, and I am feeling better.

Tell us about your job aspirations (Career developments) in the future.

I want to be an expert programmer. With my skills, I want to go around the world and create a new, amazing system.

Tell us what you do in your everyday life in Japan.

Type of accommodation.


How did you find an accommodation when you first came to Japan?

Directly contacted real estate companies

How do you spend the holidays?

I read IT books, learn Japanese, call my family in Vietnam and watch my favorite football team’s match. Sometimes I hang out with my Vietnamese friends.

Are there any struggles that you are experiencing other than living in Japan? How are you dealing with this issue?

I think there is no struggle I am experiencing. Everything’s fine.

Any words of advice you would like to give for those who are thinking about working abroad?

I want to tell them “If you want to expand your own world, you should go to Japan”.