Ethan Segal is a scholar of East Asian Studies, especially Japanese history. Areas of his teaching and/or research include medieval studies, all aspects of Japanese history, pop culture (including film, anime, horror, and science fiction), the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, economic history, and foreign relations (in East Asia). In 2008-09, he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Pre-modern Japanese History at Harvard University. His first book, Coins, Trade, and the State: Economic Growth in Early Medieval Japan, re-examines money, trade, and evolving medieval political and social institutions; it is available from Harvard University Press.
Industry Expertise (1)
Areas of Expertise (8)
Ancient History (Japan)
Pop Culture (Japan)
Medieval History (Japan)
Standford University: Ph.D., East Asian History
University of Washington Seattle: M.A., Japanese History
- Association for Asian Studies
- Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs
Obama likely to focus on future in Hiroshima visit
The Detroit News
President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Hiroshima, although not without certain risks, is timely. Some might even see it as overdue. Obama will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima or Nagasaki since those cities were obliterated by American atomic bombs in 1945. Both cities eventually rebuilt successfully, and many of their citizens and elected leaders have dedicated themselves to reminding the world of the horrors of war and advocating for the elimination of nuclear weapons...
One Year After Fukushima, Why Has Progress Been So Slow in Japan?
The New Republic
When a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit northeastern Japan one year ago, triggering a massive tsunami that claimed close to 20,000 lives and caused meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the government, relief agencies, and people around the world were quick to offer their support and aid. Many hoped for speedy rebuilding of the devastated region, while others saw the catastrophes as proof that Japan needed to rethink its energy policy. Yet despite pledges of financial assistance to the dispossessed and serious debate over the nation’s energy supply, the pace of reconstruction is slow and some of the most serious issues remain unresolved. Unfortunately, easy solutions are in short supply...