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Title: Nuclear energy thrives in Asia 
Author: Hagen, Ronald E.
Date: 1995
Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center
Abstract: Nuclear power may have stopped growing throughout much of the world, but it is alive and thriving in Asia. Many Asian nations see nuclear power as one way to satisfy their growing power demands and reduce their dependence on other nations for imported fuels; nuclear power is also valued for simple prestige. But nuclear energy is expensive to develop, competes with independent power producers, and is very controversial because of concerns over safety and weapons proliferation. Countries such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, and India plan to expand their already substantial nuclear power programs. Others, such as Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Vietnam, hope to either launch new programs or expand small ones. A few have ruled out the idea completely. Generation of nuclear power will therefore grow in Asia, although not as fast as power from other sources. Some nations under-estimate the cost, controversy, and complexity of nuclear power; those unwilling to develop nuclear power safely should not do it at all.
Series/Report No.: AsiaPacific issues ; no. 26
Description: For more about the East-West Center, see http://www.eastwestcenter.org/
Pages/Duration: 8 pages
ISSN: 1522-0960
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/3831
LC Subject Headings: Nuclear energy - Asia

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  • AsiaPacific Issues [112]
    Papers in the AsiaPacific Issues series address topics of broad interest and significant impact relevant to current and emerging policy debates. These eight-page, peer-reviewed papers are accessible to readers outside the author's discipline.

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