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'Work or don't come back,' labor broker told injured asylum seeker

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Lakhan Rijal, a 33-year-old asylum seeker, says he was fired after injuring his back at Subaru supplier NHK Spring Co's plant in Ota. Workers who muscled leather onto hundreds of headrests daily by hand lost fingernails, and others were unable to close their fists after a shift because of strain from the repeated effort, Rijal says. Produced by Venus Wu and Natalie Armstrong. NHK Spring Co says questions about its workers should be directed to the labor brokers who recruit them for the company. The broker that recruited Rijal says he wasn’t threatened with firing, and that he sacked the worker to help him get severance pay from the government. Rijal says he didn't seek any payout.

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