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Govt to decide on evacuees return in early 2012(Thursday,May 05,2011) Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan says his government will determine early next year whether evacuees who live around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant will be able to return home. Kan visited a facility in Kazo, near Tokyo, on Wednesday where residents from Futaba are taking shelter. The town is located in the 20 kilometer no-entry zone around Fukushima Daiichi. The Prime Minister told Futaba Mayor Katsutaka Idogawa that he understands the residents are suffering great hardships. Kan also said Fukushima Daiichi is expected to be brought under a certain level of control early next year if Tokyo Electric Power Company's plan works. TEPCO announced in April it aimed to achieve a steady reduction of radiation at the nuclear plant within 3 months. In 6 to 9 months, workers will get the release of radioactive materials under control and cool down the reactors. Thursday, May 05, 2011 01:30