Stephen Mihm

For Stephen Mihm's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

How pandemics change the course of history

Commentary / World Apr 14, 2021

How pandemics change the course of history

When COVID-19 first arrived last year, everyone’s go-to historical parallel was the 1918 influenza pandemic. Precisely because it was so fleeting, it’s hard to find evidence that it caused a sweeping reorientation of everyday life. In its wake, most people simply forgot what happened. ...

Commentary / World Apr 25, 2020

Dangers of age segregation exposed

For most of America’s history, the idea that people over the age of 65 would voluntarily herd themselves into special communities built around their needs would have seemed absurd, even dystopian. Yet a largely voluntary movement toward segregating people by age has reached extreme ...