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Environmental issues in China, Korea and Japan's Relations

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The environmental issue is an area, which has played more and more significant role in the relations of the three Northeast Asia countries. Decades of rapid, largely unregulated economic growth in Korea, Japan and China has come at a heavy price to the natural and human environment. The World Bank statistic shows that nine out of ten top polluted cities are in China. Air pollution in Beijing and Shanghai often is at levels considered unsafe by the World Health Organization. Air pollution in Seoul, Tokyo is also problematic because of auto emissions. Growing energy consumption in the region is likely to make air pollution worse in the future. Energy security concerns are behind strong government interest in nuclear energy in China, Korea and Japan.
The ecological stakes in China are particularly high. This moment in history is
formtive fro government institutions, journalists, scientists and the nascent NGO movement that will decisively affect China's environment.
Korea has also been a victim for pollution. Korean government has estimated that at least 80 percent of pollutants in the Yellow Sea and the South Sea are from pollution carried into the seas by Korea’s four largest rivers.
Environmental sustainability in this region will also depend on Japan's adoption of sustainable policies for its own internal development and consumption as well as for its foreign trade, investment and aid activities. With a commitment of resources to a board programs of scientific


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Title Environmental issues in China, Korea and Japan's Relations
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Bo, Wen

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[Seoul]:KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Date 2000
Pages 48
Subject Country China(Asia and Pacific)
Japan(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Territorial Development < Environment
Holding KDI School of Public Policy and Management

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