IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a quick trip Saturday to the region northeast of Tokyo that was devastated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed three nuclear reactors.

The Fukushima region will hold baseball and softball games during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The visit was intended to showcase a region that government officials say is safe, except for a no-go zone around the nuclear plant. Environmental groups have disputed some government claims and have raised safety concerns.

IOC President Thomas Bach, second from right, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second from left, hold a talk in Fukushima, northeastern Japan, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. Bach and Abe made a quick trip Saturday, to the region northeast of Tokyo that was devastated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed three nuclear reactors.(Kyodo News via AP)
IOC President Thomas Bach, second from right, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second from left, hold a talk in Fukushima, northeastern Japan, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. Bach and Abe made a quick trip Saturday, to the region northeast of Tokyo that was devastated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed three nuclear reactors.(Kyodo News via AP)

Neither Abe nor Bach took questions after visiting a baseball stadium and meeting with local residents and athletes. Bach also visited a local badminton facility and talked with Fukushima governor Masao Uchibori.

Government officials want the Olympics to convince a world audience that the region is safe.

In this Nov. 23, 2018, photo, IOC President Thomas Bach, center, arrives at Narita Airport, near Tokyo. IOC President Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a quick trip Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, to the region northeast of Tokyo that was devastated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed three nuclear reactors. At right is Tsunekazu Takeda, an IOC member and head of the Japanese Olympic Committee. (Kyodo News via AP)
In this Nov. 23, 2018, photo, IOC President Thomas Bach, center, arrives at Narita Airport, near Tokyo. IOC President Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a quick trip Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, to the region northeast of Tokyo that was devastated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed three nuclear reactors. At right is Tsunekazu Takeda, an IOC member and head of the Japanese Olympic Committee. (Kyodo News via AP)

Bach is in Japan for a week of meetings with Tokyo Olympic organizers and national Olympic officials for about 200 countries.

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Source: The Associated Press