Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reacts at a meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on January 21, 2015.  Abe admitted January 21 it was a "race against time" to free two hostages snatched by Islamist militants who are demanding $200 million for their lives.  AFP PHOTO / Shizuo Kambayashi / POOL        (Photo credit should read SHIZUO KAMBAYASHI/AFP/Getty Images)