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Bangladesh: Long hours in Tokyo

Even as people from South Asia send remittances back home, Drishtipat talks of the wave in the 80s when the promise of money had people from Bangladesh going abroad. “He told us how he’d gone to Shobuj and Maroof’s flat and found 7 men sleeping in 2 small rooms. He described how Shobuj woke up at the crack of dawn, went off to work, and did not return till midnight. 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, week in week out, month in month out.”

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