Obama will visit Flint, Michigan on Wednesday to meet with residents who've lived with contaminated water.
Before last Friday, Minamisanriku was a lively port at the heart of the mountainous Miyagi prefecture, with a population of about 17,000. But the earthquake struck just 80km from the town, and the resulting tsunami devastated the town, leaving much of the population unaccounted for.
We get the latest from the BBC’s Rachel Harvey.
Throughout the week, Here & Now is looking at the impact a raise in the minimum wage would have on states, the federal government and workers.