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Univ. N-studies in decline / Subject failing to attract students via The Yomiuri Shimbun

Two out of three departments and five out of nine courses related to nuclear energy at major universities and graduate schools were under-enrolled this academic year, according to a survey by The Yomiuri Shimbun.

Observers point to a lack of clarity in government nuclear energy policy and the harm done to the field’s image by the disaster in Fukushima Prefecture as behind the lack of students.

Students have shunned nuclear-related subjects over uncertainty the field will lead to a bright future.

A lack of well-trained workers could adversely effect the decommissioning of nuclear reactors, which has officials involved in nuclear energy deeply concerned.

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