The government released a plan Tuesday outlining when people forced to evacuate due to the nuclear crisis in Fukushima Prefecture might be able to leave their shelters and go home, setting a tentative target of January.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Prime Minister Naoto Kan and other members of the government's nuclear disaster headquarters, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Banri Kaieda, who oversees the nuclear industry, vowed the government will do everything it can to ensure that evacuees will eventually be able to return to their communities.

"The evacuees from the nuclear disaster are victims of the nation's nuclear policy . . . the government will have to properly address the sense of betrayal they must be feeling," he said.