Title: Prospects for nuclear energy in the 21st century: The East-Asian perspective

Authors: Koji Nagano

Addresses: Energy Technology Policy, Socio-Economic Research Center, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, 2-11-1 Iwado-kita, Komae-shi, Tokyo 201-8511, Japan

Abstract: Although closely resembling each other geographically and socio-politically, Japan and Korea differ sharply in both technological and political terms with regard to the development of nuclear power. This paper aims to illustrate Japan and Korea|s commonalities and differences and thereby to highlight the major short-term challenges facing them, such as the selection of radioactive waste storage sites. It also tries to indicate possible beneficial directions for the two countries for the long term, such as coordinated technological support and transfer in the Asian region.

Keywords: energy projections; nuclear energy; nuclear power; Japan; Republic of Korea; public acceptance; non-proliferation; nuclear fuel cycle; radioactive waste storage; East Asia.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGEI.2008.019867

International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 2008 Vol.30 No.1/2/3/4, pp.289 - 308

Published online: 12 Aug 2008 *

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