(Off topic) PayPal fun and games

Doug3

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I went through the process about 2 months ago. I think PayPal has been rolling out the verification in phases, starting with their biggest volume users. (Another guy I know went through the process about 4 months ago) (I am a very heavy user for my business).

I was also a bit pissed off when I got the notice I could only spend something like 7,000 yen before verifying. Anyway, I went through the business registration process, used my camera to snap a picture of my gaijin card, had a problem with the address, and the phone staff were extremely helpful at sorting it out. Got my code in the mail after about 4 days.

About the addresses, you can register many addresses, and choose which one to use as the shipping address when you authorize a payment. so it does not matter that you registered your address in kanji.

You can use japanese accounts to pay for services, in my experience.
 

FarEast

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May 25, 2009
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My knee jerk reaction was also to be pissed off then I realised it is being done to actually protect me.
 

snoogly

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Me too. I now feel a lot better about the experience, and I was happy to asked to complete an online survey asking about my satisfaction with PP support system.

But I can't help being peeved about being told about this so late in the day.
 

FarEast

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Apparently we were sent an email back in October - no doubt like me you ignored it and placed it straight in the trash can :D
 

kiwisimon

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Apparently we were sent an email back in October - no doubt like me you ignored it and placed it straight in the trash can :D
Nope, updated my verification back then, but I had to deal with faxes and the Singapore office, took two weeks to set up to get payments. Probably not helped by not having a Japanese credit card. Might apply for one one day but my account has little money as the wife manages all the finances.
 

joewein

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Oct 25, 2011
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I am also just now jumping though their hoops. When given 4 different options on how to proof my identity, I picked my Japanese driver's license, but a couple of days later they came back and told me that didn't do for non-Japanese citizens. I had to give them either an Alien Registration card or kihon daicho card (which replaces the Alien Registration card in the new system). So I scanned my Alien card as a PDF and wanted to upload it, but the upload form does not have an option for Alien Registration card, only kihon daicho. I hope they'll accept it anyway...

The procedure is not as smooth as I hoped, but better than what I experienced from other internationally operating companies that try to very identity. For example, one major certificate authority wouldn't sell my small company a code signing certificate just because the utility bills for my legally registered company are in my (personal) name, as my office is at home.