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Indonesia's young workers seek lives outside congested Jakarta

Pandemic hastens trend of remote working and the 'low-touch economy'

JAKARTA -- Bayu Edmiralda left the congestion of Jakarta seven months ago for the tropical delights of Bali, where he spends his day in a coworking space near his rented room. The 35-year-old logs on at 10 a.m. to begin work as a brand manager for a fintech company based in Indonesia's capital, and six or seven hours later, he grabs a coffee before enjoying the island's sunset.

"I know for a fact three people from my division are in Bali, even my own boss is here and doesn't want to go back," Edmiralda says. "I'm guessing about 60 people from my company are doing this kind of working style."

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