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Southeast Asian Nations Look at Nuclear Power via The New York Times

By SONYA KOLESNIKOV-JESSOP
Published: November 27, 2011

SINGAPORE — The nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant that began in March has led many governments around the world to pause, review safety measures and revise their plans for power development.

A few countries, like Germany and Belgium, have even decided to decommission their nuclear plants over the next 10 to 15 years and turn to other energy sources, while the Japanese government is re-evaluating its commitment to nuclear energy.

Despite this, the construction of nuclear power plants is set to continue at a steady rate in many countries, particularly in Asia, where India and China are considering adding plants to meet rising demand for energy.

The International Atomic Energy Agency predicted this month that plants would be built “less rapidly” than anticipated, but its director general, Yukiya Amano, also pointed out that the factors contributing to increasing interest in nuclear power had not changed.

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