1st Edition

Nuclear Power Safety and Governance in East Asia

Edited By Soocheol Lee, Weisheng Zhou, Kiyoshi Fujikawa Copyright 2024
    270 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Confronting the challenges of nuclear power governance, this book provides pathways to nuclear safety cooperation between countries in East Asia where regional cooperation is challenged by geopolitical tensions.

    The book is split into three parts: first looking at nuclear risk and safety communications, second on nuclear policy and harmonization of safety standards, and third a comparative analysis of nuclear regulatory agencies in East Asia. Taken as a whole, the contributors recommend the establishment of a nuclear safety system that, which allows for mutual verification of safety standards at the regional level, and a regulatory framework with international credibility, which will help standardize risk communication. They suggest that the exchange of experiences involving nuclear power plant safety, efforts toward common safety standards, safety management, and collaborative efforts between Japan, China, and South Korea are extremely urgent issues. By comparing the European system of nuclear governance with that of East Asia, the book highlights the need for nuclear safety organizations in East Asia to strengthen interconnections and build regional linkages.

    This book will be of interest to policymakers, academics, and researchers in the field of energy policy, energy economics, nuclear safety, nuclear governance, and nuclear engineering.



    Part 1 Nuclear power risk and nuclear safety communication in East Asia

    1. Cause classification and preventive countermeasures of nuclear reactor accidents in China: Comparative analysis with those of Japan and South Korea.

    Weisheng Zhou, Kang Tian, You Li, Jong-min, Choi Yanmin He, and Soocheol Lee

    2. Radioactive material leakage impact on Japan, South Korea, and China in the case of nuclear power plant accidents and spent fuel pool fires in this region: Analysis using the HYSPLIT simulation model.

    Soocheol Lee, Eva Lisowski, Weisheng Zhou, Ken’ichi Matsumoto, Tae-Yeoun Lee, Ken’ichi Ohshima, Hyelim You, and Jungmin Kang

    3. Comparative analysis of Chinese, Japanese and South Korean attitudes toward nuclear safety in East Asia: Survey based on a survey of Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing residents

    Soocheol Lee, Yanmin He, Jong-min Choi, Hyelim You, Ken'ichi Matsumoto, Tae-Yeoun Lee, Kenji Otsuka, Wakana Takahashi, and Jusen Asuka

    Part 2 Nuclear policy and harmonization of nuclear safety standards in East Asia

    4. Nuclear policy and nuclear safety regulations in East Asia

    Weisheng Zhou, You Li, Yanmin He, Jong-min Choi, and Soocheol Lee

    5. State of harmonization of Western European nuclear safety standards and results of its analysis

    Soocheol Lee, Weisheng Zhou, Hyelim You, Yanmin He, Hiroshi Yoshida, and Kenji Asakawa

    6. Barriers and challenges to harmonizing nuclear safety standards and exchange of nuclear safety technology in East Asia

    Yanmin He, Jong-min Choi, Hiroshi Yoshida, Sungin Na, Weisheng Zhou and Hyelim You

    Part 3 Comparative analysis of nuclear regulation agency and building a nuclear safety system in East Asia

    7. Comparative analysis of nuclear regulatory agencies in East Asia from the perspective of independence and transparency

    Ken’ichi Oshima, Jong-min Choi, Yanmin He, Sungin Na, and Weisheng Zhou

    8. Taiwan's denuclearization process and energy supply plan

    Lichun Chen and Kiyoshi Fujikawa

    Appendix: Independence of Taiwan's Nuclear Regulatory Agency

    Lichun Chen and Ken’ichi Oshima

    9. Building nuclear safety system in East Asia toward nuclear safety society: Challenges to overcome segmented nuclear safety system

    Hyelim You, Soocheol Lee, Kenji Otsuka, Wakana Takahashi, and Akihiro Chiashi




    Soocheol Lee is a Professor at the Faculty of Economics, Meijo University, in Japan. He graduated from Seoul National University and received his PhD at the Graduate School of Kyoto University. He had worked for the Federation of Korean Industry as a team leader of the Economic Research Department. He has written many books and papers on energy and environmental policy design and cooperation for sustainable low-carbon economy in East Asia. He was the Vice President of Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics, September 1, 2021, August 31, 2023.

    Weisheng Zhou is a Professor at the College of Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University, in Japan. He is a Foreign Fellow of the Engineering Academy of Japan. He graduated from Zhejiang University and received his PhD from the Graduate School of Kyoto University. He has served as a chief researcher and research consultant at the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth, a special professor at Osaka University. His books include East Asian Low-Carbon Community (Springer, 2021).

    Kiyoshi Fujikawa is a Professor at the Faculty of Economics, Aichi Gakuin University, in Japan. He graduated from Kobe University in Japan and received his PhD there. He had worked at the Department of Economics and Social Affairs in the United Nations as a statistician before teaching in Japan. He has made significant contributions to application of input–output analysis on environmental economics. And he was the President of Pan Pacific Association of Input-Output Studies.