Taiwan has taken a step toward phasing out nuclear power generation in nine years. The move represents Taiwan’s response to the lessons it has learned by thinking seriously about the catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred in 2011 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The undertaking deserves to be monitored carefully. Like Japan, Taiwan is poor in natural resources. It introduced nuclear power generation in the 1970s amid an increasingly tense standoff with China and growing pressure from being isolated internationally. Currently, three nuclear power plants are in operation in Taiwan. Also like Japan, Taiwan is prone to earthquakes and other natural disasters. The Fukushima nuclear disaster triggered a massive wave of action by citizens calling for the termination of nuclear power generation. The trend has also been fueled by a series of problems that plagued the island’s fourth nuclear reactor, which was under construction, intensifying public distrust of the safety of nuclear power.
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