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The Japanese billionaire spends $ 9 million on a social experiment

Japan's billionaire Yusaku Maezawa made a splash by announcing a $ 9 million donation to his Twitter followers. Photo:

Specifically, the 44-year-old billionaire, said he would donate 1 million yen (approximately $ 9,000) per person to 1,000 randomly selected followers among those who reposted a Twitter post on January 1. , this donation will be tracked through regular surveys. Maezawa insists this is "a serious social experience" and hopes the idea will attract the attention of scholars and economists.

He attached the idea of ​​basic income, or the theory of providing money bound for all citizens. Senior economist at the Dai-ichi Life Research Institute Toshihiro Nagahama said basic income is the minimum amount that often brings a sense of security. For this reason, Mr. Maezawa wants to give his followers a completely different feeling.

Maezawa is famous for being the first trader to fly around the Moon on billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX spacecraft. He is also a successful entrepreneur, musician, designer, artist, art collector, and founder of online retailer Zozotown. Currently his Twitter account attracts nearly 7 million followers.

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