1) St. Patrick’s Day or the Feast of St. Patrick is observed on March 17 as a religious and cultural celebration. It honors Ireland’s patron St. Patrick. The date marks the traditional death of the saint. In the early 17th century, it was made an official Christian feast day observed by the Church of Ireland, the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church.
2) Donald Trump boasted at his victory party on Tuesday night in Florida that he had won the Sunshine State despite a multi-million dollar negative ad blitz attacking him.
3) South Korea has lodged a protest with Japan over its newly authorized high school textbooks that devote more pages than before to territorial issues.
The textbooks refer to Japan’s claims to the Takeshima islands in the Sea of Japan. South Korea controls them.
4) The United States has urged North Korea to release an American university student who has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for crimes against the state.
Otto Warmbier was detained in Pyongyang in January while visiting the country as a tourist.
North Korea’s Supreme Court convicted him of committing a hostile act, in line with what it called the US government’s hostile policy toward the country.
5) Japanese police received over 20,000 reports of stalking in 2015. It’s the 3rd straight year the reports topped this figure.
Police identified suspects and took action in 2,415 cases.
Suspects were accused of violating the anti-stalking law in 677 cases. There were also 362 cases of blackmail, 315 of housebreaking, and 11 of attempted murder.
6) Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government will continue to make every effort to resolve the case of a missing Japanese freelance journalist, Jumpei Yasuda .
Suga told reporters on Thursday that the government has been dealing with the case in line with instructions from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
7) The remains of 393 Japanese war dead have been returned from the Bismarck Archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean.
Remains of more than 1.1 million Japanese are still on former battlefields 71 years since the end of World War Two.
Takayoshi Sumita, the deputy chief of an association of veterans and relatives of war dead, says he wants the government to do its best to locate all the remains.