Author Archives: Toru Yamamori

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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Nordic Basic income seminar at Turku, Finland, on 25th August 2016

Pirates of Southwestern Finland is hosting a workshop and seminar on Basic Income in Nordic countries, with the support of Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Finland, Pirate Party of Finland and Pirate Youth of Finland. Time: Thursday 25.8.2016, 14.00 – 18.00   Venue: Vanha Raatihuone (Old City Hall) Vanha Suurtori 3, Turku, Finland   At the workshop, BIEN Finland will facilitate

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Hideaki Nakamura, “Question from Switzerland”

The Swiss referendum has been covered in Japanese media. While some media coverage, especially televised reports, uses the photogenic scenes which were created by Swiss activists, many reports don’t cover the activists’ bottom line message: ‘What would you do if your income were taken care of’. An exception is this short article by Hideaki Nakamura, an editorial writer of the Mainich Newspapers,

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