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China leads demand in a complex nuclear industry

Over half of world's nuclear plants under construction are in Asia

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Workers, bottom, stand in front of a nuclear reactor as part of the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant seen under construction in Taishan, Guangdong province on Oct. 17, 2013.   © Reuters

TOKYO One major driving force behind the expansion of Toshiba's nuclear power plant business is the growing demand for electricity in Asia.

According to the World Nuclear Association, 99 of 447 nuclear power plants operating in the world are in the United States. Three countries -- the U.S., France and Japan -- account for more than 50% of all nuclear power plants in operation on an output basis. But the projected output of plants under construction tells a very different story. China alone accounts for nearly 40% of the total and Asia as a whole makes up over 60%.

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