A doll sits on the balcony of a house in an abandoned town just outside the nuclear exclusion zone surrounding the crippled Fukushima plant in Japan. Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — For the first time since Japan’s nuclear disaster three years ago, authorities are allowing residents to return to live in their homes within a tiny part of a 20-kilometer (12-mile) exclusion zone around the Fukushima plant.

The decision will allow 357 people in 117 households to return to their homes starting Tuesday in a corner of Tamura city after the government determined that radiation levels are low enough for habitation.

But many of those evacuees are still undecided about going back because of fears about radiation.

Evacuees are now receiving government compensation of about 100,000 yen ($1,000) each a month. Those who move back get a one-time 900,000 yen ($9,000) as an incentive.

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