Author Archives: Toru Yamamori

Kyoto JAPAN: Kyoto Basic Income Weekend, 22-23 April

  In Kyoto during the April 22nd -23rd weekend, local artists, community activists, students, architects, academic, etc are hosting two events for discussing on ‘what would you do if your income were taken care of’. Enno Schmidt from Switzerland and Ping Xu from Taiwan will be joining.   22nd April: DIY festival ‘Basic Income Garden’ venue: Honmachi Escola (a community

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JAPAN: Interview with Toru Yamamori, The Nikkei

The Nikkei (Nihon Keizai Shinbun, which is the Japanese equivalent to the Financial Times or the Wall Street Journal) published its interview with Toru Yamamori about UBI on 13th March 2017. Takahisa Honda, a journalist at the Nikkei, interviewed Toru Yamamori, an advocate for UBI and a professor at Doshisha university. Yamamori argues for a UBI, so that ‘with it

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JAPAN: Radio program on universal basic income tonight

TBS radio, one of the major nationwide radio channels in Japan, will tonight broadcast a live discussion on basic income. TBS radio’s daily program ‘Session 21’, whose main anchor is critic Chiki Ogiue, will host a discussion on UBI at 22.45 local time (GMT+9), February 8. The program will include two discussants: Tomohiro Inoue, a lecturer at Komazawa University and

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Finland: Interview with Tapani Karvinen, from the Pirate party

As we’ve reported here, the Finnish government is starting a two-year experiment on a basic income. When the government announced it in last August, a Basic Income News editor conducted a series of interviews in Finland. Summaries of those with the government and a long-term advocate, the Greens, and the Pirates were published here. This is a longer version of the interview

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BIEN: The report from the General Assembly

As previously reported, the 2016 BIEN Congress was held in Seoul, South Korea from July 7-9. The General Assembly (GA) was held on the last day of the congress, at which several important decisions were made, including the following: 1) BIEN now a legally chartered institution At the 2014 congress, the GA mandated the Executive Committee (EC) of BIEN to

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Finland: Governmental announcement for the basic income experiment: the Pirates’ response

As we’ve already reported here, Finland’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health announced their plan for the basic income experiment, and requested citizens’ opinions on it, on 25th August. We’ve also reported Finnish experts’ responses here, and the Greens’ response here. This article reports the response by the Pirate Party of Finland (Piraattipuolue).   The Pirate Party of Finland endorses

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Finland: Governmental announcement of the basic income experiment: the Greens’ response

As we’ve recently reported here, Finland’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health announced their plan for the basic income experiment, and requested citizens’ opinions on it, on the 25th of August. We’ve also reported Finnish experts’ responses here, including a critical remark by Osmo Soininvaara, a former Minister of Social Services from the Finnish Green League and a long-time UBI

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Kyoto JAPAN: Symposium on Basic Income for Degrowth, on 11th September 2016

The Forum on Shrinking Society is hosting its 35th symposium on 11 September 2016. The symposium’s theme is Unconditional Basic Income for Shrinking Society.   Time of Symposium: 13:30-19:15 (UTC+9) 11 September 2016   Venue: Lecture room 3, New Building of Faculty of Letters Yoshida (main) campus, Kyoto University (Number 8 on this map)   Speakers: Toru Yamamori Kimio Ito

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Finland: Governmental announcement for the basic income experiment: the ministry’s comments, experts’ concerns

As we’ve already reported here, Finland’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has announced their most recent move in a plan to launch a basic income experiment. On 25th August the Ministry canvassed for the Finnish public’s opinion on a bill regarding a basic income experiment. Here is a follow up with the Ministry’s comments and experts’ responses. Liisa Siika-aho, director,

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