Keywords: energy projections, nuclear energy, nuclear power, Japan, Republic of Korea, public acceptance, non-proliferation, nuclear fuel cycle, radioactive waste storage, East Asia
Prospects for nuclear energy in the 21st century: The East-Asian perspective
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.