Japanese Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko (R) attend the opening ceremony of the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai on March 14, 2015.  Policymakers gathered for the ten-yearly meeting on disaster risk reduction on March 14, with hopes high that the conference in tsunami-hit Japan might provide a springboard for real efforts to tackle natural disasters and costly climate change.          AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo by Toshifumi KITAMURA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP via Getty Images)