Nuclear power plant plan A series of Chinese shortages of engineers and a decline in safety awareness due to aging (1/2 page)
China enters an unprecedented super-aging society. According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, the total population of China in 2020 will be 1,411.78 million. While the birth rate was the lowest ever, the population aged 65 and over increased to about 190 million, and the “declining birthrate and aging population” became prominent.
It has been pointed out that the population may start to decline in 2022, and government think tanks estimate that the number of people aged 60 and over will approach 500 million in 2050.
The effects of changes in the demographic structure will spread throughout society. It has been “demonstrated” in Japan. A typical example would be “shortage of engineers”. As the number of workers decreases, it is becoming difficult to pass on skills from older skilled technicians in various industries.
In particular, it is serious in the infrastructure field, which is the foundation of society and where safety management is of utmost importance. There are problems such as anxiety about the succession of technology. ”
If China follows a similar process, its impact will be enormous because of its large scale. Currently 44 nuclear power plants are in operation in China, and there are plans to increase the number to 100 by 2030. If there is a shortage of engineers, there is a growing concern that a serious accident will occur.