Japan's professional baseball league will hold an All-Star game in quake-hit Fukushima in 2013 to help with the reconstruction of the area following last year's earthquake and tsunami.

Nippon Professional Baseball Commissioner Ryozo Kato said "it will be the first time for Fukushima to host an All-Star game."

The March 11 earthquake and tsunami triggered a major nuclear crises at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in northeastern Japan.

The Japan Football Association is planning to hold a match in Fukushima during this summer's Under-20 Women's World Cup.