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By X. Yi-chong

An exploration of the way and why Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China and India have initiated and built nuclear strength courses and what demanding situations they face at the present time. have been the nuclear programmes pushed by means of the low strength endowment, a wish to pursue overseas status, nationwide protection matters, environmental pollutants or financial improvement?

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Public acceptance is a necessary condition for nuclear development in all countries, but public opinion can vary significantly from country to country depending on the availability of electricity, alternative energy sources and finance. Public opinion also differs from one country to another because of the urgency of environmental pollution concerns. This general discussion provides a context within which case studies of five countries are discussed. These five case studies cover nuclear energy development in China, Japan, India, South Korea and Taiwan.

Nuclear energy development in South Korea is one of the best examples of a consistent national commitment, coherent development strategy and targeted government support in its industrialisation and modernisation. Yang and Xu show how South Korea has moved from technology borrowing to its imitation, adoption, localisation and standardisation and has built an internationally competitive industry. India started its nuclear development as a civilian programme before all the other Asian countries that are covered in this book.

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