Japanese Emperor Akihito (R) and Empress Michiko (L) bow in front of an altar for the victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami at the national memorial service in Tokyo on March 11, 2016.
Japan paused on March 11 to mark five years since an offshore earthquake spawned a monster tsunami that left about 18,500 people dead or missing along its northeastern coast. / AFP / POOL / POOL / KAZUHIRO NOGI        (Photo credit should read POOL / KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)