Basic Income in Japan

Prospects for a Radical Idea in a Transforming Welfare State

  • Editors
  • Yannick Vanderborght
  • Toru Yamamori

Part of the Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee book series (BIG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: Income Security and the “Right to Subsistence” in Japan

    1. Toru Yamamori, Yannick Vanderborght
      Pages 1-11
  3. Basic Income and the Welfare State: Past and Future

  4. Basic Income and the Labor Market: Deconstructing the Boundaries?

  5. Realizing Basic Income: The Potential of a Radical Reform

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-275

About this book


Basic Income in Japan is the first collective volume in English entirely devoted to the discussion of Japan's potential for a basic income program in the context of the country's changing welfare state. Vanderborght and Yamamori bring together over a dozen contributors to provide a general overview of the scholarly debate on universal and unconditional basic income, including a foreword by Ronald Dore. Drawing on empirical data on poverty and inequality as well as normative arguments, this balanced approach to a radical idea is essential reading for the study of contemporary Japan.


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