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Key R&D activities supporting disposal of radioactive waste; Responding to the challenges of the 21st century

Miyamoto, Yoichi; Umeki, Hiroyuki; Osawa, Hideaki  ; Naito, Morimasa ; Nakano, Katsushi; Makino, Hitoshi ; Shimizu, Kazuhiko; Seo, Toshihiro 

Ensuring sufficient supplies of clean, economic and acceptable energy is a critical global challenge for the 21st century. There seems little alternative to a greatly expanded role for nuclear power, but implementation of this option will depend on ensuring that all resulting wastes can be disposed of safely. Although there is a consensus on the fundamental feasibility of such disposal by experts in the field, concepts have to be developed to make them more practical to implement and, in particular, more acceptable to key stakeholders. By considering global trends and using illustrative examples from Japan, key areas for future R&D are identified and potential areas where the synergies of international collaboration would be beneficial are highlighted.



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