Japanese Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko (2nd L) listen as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (top-on screen) speaks at 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 credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)