Ukrainian nuclear experts say Japanese evacuated from around the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant should be able to return to their homes, unlike the Chernobyl area that remains a no-go zone 25 years after its accident.

Radiation expert Oleg Nasvit told The Associated Press on Thursday that Japanese may eventually be able to visit the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, where three reactor cores melted after an earthquake and tsunami last March 11 destroyed the cooling systems.

Nasvit said a lesson from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster is that the government needs to tell people the truth so they can make informed decisions about their future.