Two in five Japanese have heard of PayPal


Do you know PayPal? graph of japanese statisticsAround two in five of the online population questioned here to be precise have heard of it, although usage of PayPal is still very low according to this survey from goo Research and reported on by


Between the 28th of July and the 1st of Augut 2010 1,079 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.4% of the sample were male, 16.4% in their teens, 18.2% in their twenties, 21.2% in their thirties, 16.1% in their forties, 15.8% in their fifties, and 12.2% aged sixty or older.

I’ve bought from the US, the UK and Australia through PayPal, although it’s always for software or services. My most frequent transactions are with Namecheap for domain name purchase – I can’t recommend them enough, especially if like me you’d got fed up with GoDaddy’s upselling every time you try to make a simple transaction. If you do decide to use them, don’t forget that they also have an official coupon code blog where you can get a few cents or dollars off each transaction.

Research results

Q1: Have you done any online shopping within the past year? (Sample size=1,079)

Yes (to SQs)90.7%

Q1SQ1: From which countries have bought online from within the past year? (Sample size=979, multiple answer)

Within Japan97699.7%
South Korea30.3%
Other Asia50.5%
Other Europe00.0%
South America00.0%
Don’t know what country10.1%

Q1SQ2: About how much on average do you spend per transaction? (Sample size=979)

Under 1,000 yen2.5%
1,000 to 4,999 yen49.3%
5,000 to 9,999 yen29.8%
10,000 to 49,999 yen15.9%
50,000 to 99,999 yen1.2%
100,000 yen or more0.7%
Don’t know0.5%

Q2: Do you know PayPal? (Sample size=1,079)

Have used6.8%
Heard of it, but not used33.1%
Not heard of it60.1%
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  1. Janne said,
    August 20, 2010 @ 09:09

    First: why not use a Japanese name registrar? Payments and everything is easier to deal with when it’s local.

    Second: Paypal in Japan has the rather glaring problem that you can’t get paid via Paypal from abroad. That pretty much killed any interest I have in using it. As it is, I don’t know of a good way to get payment from somebody in the US right now. It’s bad enough that I don’t generally accept any transactions from the USA any more; each time I’ve done it, it’s turned into a major hassle.

    • Ken Y-N said,
      August 21, 2010 @ 01:01

      Everything is harder to deal with when it’s in Japanese! I get a wee bit of money in PayPal every month, so I use that as a budget for domain names, etc.

      Out of interest, do you know of any decent Japanese registrars that sell .coms?

  2. Jenny said,
    August 20, 2010 @ 12:02

    One problem I have with the Japanese paypal is I can’t transfer my money from my Japanese account to Paypal. I can though transfer from Paypal to the account. This is unacceptable since I have a job in Japan but have a loan in the states.

    • Ken Y-N said,
      August 21, 2010 @ 01:01

      I have my PayPal attached to a UK credit card, so I get round that problem!

  3. September 6, 2010 @ 16:39

    Wow, that is the quickest success story I’ve ever heard. Did you already have some contacts at GoDaddy and Rick Dees? It seems very unusual to get picked up by them so quickly. Best of luck to you in the inevitably bright future! -Josh

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