Author Archives: Toru Yamamori

UN Secretary-General endorses UBI

The Secretary-General of the United Nations endorses UBI on 25th September 2018. António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, urged world leaders to consider Unconditional Basic Income in his speech at the General Assembly of the UN. After drawing the audience’s attention to the consequences of current technological innovation for the labour market, Guterres said: The very nature of work will change.

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SCOTLAND: An update on UBI experiments

Scottish Parliament building.   As reported before on Basic Income News, the Scottish Government has committed to help local government advance their Universal Basic Income (UBI) experiments in four local municipalities (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife and North Ayrshire).   Here is an update. On the 20th June 2018, the first official meeting of ‘the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on

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OPINION: Isn’t true love unconditional? : The International Women’s Day, the UK government’s Valentine message, and the 50th anniversary of working class women demanding UBI.

The International Women’s Day is approaching. This is a poster for the International Women’s Day march 45 years ago. (Photo above) Two working-class women, one carries a buggy, and the other carries a placard containing written slogans reflecting three of the original four demands of the British Women’s Liberation movement. It displays the name of organization: London Women’s Liberation Workshop.

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International: Basic Income at the World Economic Forum 2018

During the World Economic Forum during 23rd-26th January in Davos, Switzerland, universal basic income (UBI) will be discussed at several sessions:   11:00 GMT 23 January:  How Is Rentier Capitalism Aggravating Inequality? For the summary, speakers and live streaming, please see here.   11:30 GMT 26 January:  Guaranteed Income for Growth? For the summary, speakers and live streaming, please see

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United Kingdom: Sonia Sodha – “UBI is no panacea for us – and Labour shouldn’t back it”

Sonia Sodha (Twitter account image)   Sonia Sodha, lead writer at the Observer, urges the British Left not to support UBI. According to her latest opinion piece for the Guardian, UBI will not cure any social disease that UBI advocates claim will be alleviated, and rather, it is currently a fatal distraction from other battles on which the British Left

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Japan: National TV will show a short program about UBI on 27th July

NHK, Japan’s largest broadcasting organization, is going to air a short program on UBI. The program will be broadcasted around 7.20 am during their morning news program called ‘Ohayo Nippon (Good morning Japan)’. The program is based on a director’s recent visit to Finland and his interview of professor Toru Yamamori, a member of BIEN.   TV Asahi, another national

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Yokohama, JAPAN: Rutger Bregman on UBI

Rutger Bregman’s Utopia for Realists is translated to Japanese. Marking the publication, Bregman is coming to Japan and giving a talk. He will speak in English with a simultaneous translation to Japanese.   Date: 16 May 2016 Time: 19:00-20:30 Veneu: Kyoseikan 4th Floor, Hiyoshi Campus, Keio University, Yokohama.   The detail of the event can be found here (in Japanese).

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PODCAST: Sylvia Federici on Capitalism

94.1 KPFA, a community radio station in Berkley, CA, USA, broadcasted Sylvia Fedetici’s talk on How Capitalism Endures on 26 April 2017. The podcast can be currently listened to here.   Federici was one of founders of the International Campaign for Wages for Housework, along with Maria Rosa Dalla Costa, Selma James, and others. She advocates an unconditional basic income.

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VIDEO: ‘Capitalism will always create bullshit jobs’ –Owen Jones meets Rutger Bregman

In this video, Owen Jones, a British journalist, interviews Rutger Bregman, the author of Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There.   Bregman’s book makes the technological unemployment case for a basic income. Jones asks whether this case can stand, referring to John Maynard Keynes’ likely failed prophecy of a 15 hour work week by 2030 in his

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