Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Saturday the shut down of the Fukushima nuclear reactors is on schedule.
During a visit to the devastated region, Kan said the work could be completed earlier than the January deadline.
The plant is still leaking radiation four months on from the earthquake and tsunami that caused several explosions, crippling its reactors.
Kan met with local officials in Koriyama City to discuss the latest containment strategies.
The crisis sparked debate about the role of nuclear power in Japan. Before the natural disasters on March 11, nuclear power accounted for 30 percent of the country’s power supply. That figure slipped to 18 percent in June.