Here’s a weekly email newsletter (run through Google Translate) sent by the Ministry of Defense on December 5th. Now, two days into the LARGEST MILITARY EXERCISE JAPAN EVER HELD, where might you think you would find coverage of Keen Sword 2011? At the very top? Maybe a special section with in-depth coverage, links, etc?

Never mind the translation. What about the substance? What kind of coverage is the MoD giving Keen Sword?

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▽ ▽ Information Resources Press Conference

◆ Internal departments

Events ◇ ◇
- Posted daily on holding a visit for Women Self-Defense Forces

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/publication/events/woman/index_2011.html

◇ news conference the Minister of Defense

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/press/kisha/2010/11/30.html

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/press/kisha/2010/12/03.html

Related ◇ piracy in Gulf of Aden off Somalia
- Update on piracy in Gulf of Aden off Somalia

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/approach/defense/somaria/index.html

- P-3C anti-piracy for the flight The performance of

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/press/news/2010/11/29f.html

First time in the Gulf of Aden – 194 (153 times anti-piracy actions) on the end of the guard

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/press/news/2010/11/29e.html

Gulf of Aden – 195 times (154 times act of piracy) Termination of escort

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/press/news/2010/12/01b.html

◇ Others
Between the authorities of New Zealand Defence – 6th (MM) for holding talks

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/press/news/2010/11/29b.html

- The relationship between fiscal year 2010 grant (the first budget plan)

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/press/news/2010/11/29a.html

- “Defense Institute of Technology and Production,” Establishment of

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/press/news/2010/11/29c.html

- “Meeting and exchanging views with the Minister of Defense and defense companies,” held on

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/press/news/2010/11/29d.html

• For emergency transportation results

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/press/news/2010/12/01a.html

Plans for overseas trip – Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Hirota

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/press/news/2010/12/02a.html

• For fiscal year 2010 related subsidies (the 8th plan)

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/press/news/2010/12/03a.html

- Renewal of the Ministry of Defense plans for use of the heliport

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/approach/chouwa/heliport/2010/12/03.html

◇ Reading
- Human Resources issued
Tasuku 1 HR jobs (December 10), a human resources job Tasuku (December 13)

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/press/sankou/jinji.html

◇ English website
· Press Conference by Defense Minister Kitazawa (November 26, 2010)

http://www.mod.go.jp/e/pressconf/2010/11/101126.html

· Press Conference by Defence Minister Kitazawa (November 30, 2010)

http://www.mod.go.jp/e/pressconf/2010/11/101130.html

· The English edition of “Defense of Japan 2010″ published

http://www.mod.go.jp/e/publ/w_paper/2010.html

· Defense of Japan 2010 (Annual White Paper) Digest published
Chinese (PDF) http://www.mod.go.jp/e/publ/w_paper/pdf/2010/AWP_ch.pdf
Korean (PDF) http://www.mod.go.jp/e/publ/w_paper/pdf/2010/AWP_kr.pdf
Russian (PDF) http://www.mod.go.jp/e/publ/w_paper/pdf/2010/AWP_ru.pdf

◆ Staff Office Integration
- Add the recent introduction of anti-piracy fleet off Somalia and the Gulf of Aden

http://www.mod.go.jp/jso/kaizoku_p3_05_co.htm

- Gulf of Aden off Somalia anti-piracy force water (the seventh team) added

http://www.mod.go.jp/jso/kaizoku_pb.htm

◆ Ground Staff Office
US-Japan joint exercises – the 2010 (U.S. Marine Corps training and production) on the outline of

http://www.mod.go.jp/gsdf/news/press/2010/1126.html

Golan Heights – the convoy dispatch (personnel below 30) Activities

http://www.mod.go.jp/gsdf/news/pko/2010/1130.html

◆ Maritime Staff Office
- Special training for guarding the base (PDF)

http://www.mod.go.jp/msdf/formal/info/news/201011/113001.pdf

Japan-US joint exercises – the 2010 integration (field training exercise)
http://www.mod.go.jp/msdf/formal/operation/22ftx.html

Photos – updated anti-piracy activities in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia

http://www.mod.go.jp/msdf/formal/operation/pirates.html

◆ Air Staff Office
- Renewal of the Western Air Defense Force website

http://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/wadf/

Recent changes base their Gihu

http://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/gifu/

Recent changes Tahara Shin base their

http://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/nyutabaru/

- Komaki base website update

http://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/komaki/

◆ Inspection Division, Defense
No

◆ Information Division
No

◆ National Defense Academy
No

◆ National Defense Medical College
No

◆ Defense Research Institute
For reading material to temporarily disable (month of 12) (PDF) published

http://www.nids.go.jp/announcement/pdf/2010/20101201.pdf

NIDS Security Reports No.11 (English Journal of the Institute of Defense) published

http://www.nids.go.jp/english/publication/kiyo/e2010.html

◆ Office of Research and
No

◆ Unit equipped facility
No

Councils and other information ▽ ▽

◆ Internal departments
No

◆ Staff Office Integration
No

◆ Ground Staff Office
No

◆ Maritime Staff Office
No

◆ Air Staff Office
No

◆ Inspection Division, Defense
No

◆ Information Division
No

◆ National Defense Academy
No

◆ National Defense Medical College
No

◆ Defense Research Institute
No

◆ Office of Research and
No

◆ Unit equipped facility
No

Events ▽ ▽

◆ Internal departments
Seminar on security issues – update

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/publication/seminar/index.html

◆ Staff Office Integration
No

◆ Ground Staff Office
No

◆ Maritime Staff Office
No

◆ Air Staff Office
No

◆ Inspection Division, Defense
No

◆ Information Division
No

◆ National Defense Academy
- Guide subscription concert of the Band

http://www.nda.ac.jp/ed/winds/46th-teien-special/

◆ National Defense Medical College
No

◆ Defense Research Institute
No

◆ Office of Research and
No

◆ Unit equipped facility
No

Careers ▽ ▽

◆ Internal departments
- Update Jobs

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/saiyou/index.html

- Ministry of Defence recruitment Ⅰ species, species Ⅱ, seed testing information Ⅲ (Ministry of Defense Staff Meeting Schedule News) Update

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/saiyou/shokuin/gyosetu/joho.html

◆ Staff Office Integration
No

◆ Ground Staff Office
No

◆ Maritime Staff Office
No

◆ Air Staff Office
No

◆ Inspection Division, Defense
No

◆ Information Division
No

◆ National Defense Academy
No

◆ National Defense Medical College
No

◆ Defense Research Institute
No

◆ Office of Research and
No

◆ Unit equipped facility
No

Procurement ▽ ▽

◆ Internal departments
Public Notice – Renewal of the general competitive bidding

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/procurement/chotatsu/naikyoku/nyuusatu/index.html

Call for vendors – Update

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/procurement/chotatsu/naikyoku/boshu/index.html

◆ Staff Office Integration
November 31, 2010 – during the “information relating to procurement,” added

http://www.mod.go.jp/jso/contract.htm

◆ Ground Staff Office
- Update for November contracts for school leaders

http://www.mod.go.jp/gsdf/news/chotatsu/kanbu.html

◆ Maritime Staff Office
No

◆ Air Staff Office
- Renewal of procurement information (base Itigaya / bid) (PDF)

http://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/choutatsu/kichikeiyaku/ichigaya/nyusatsu.pdf

◆ Inspection Division, Defense
- Procurement Update

http://www.mod.go.jp/igo/new_page_7.htm

◆ Information Division
- Bid update

http://www.mod.go.jp/dih/info.html

◆ National Defense Academy
No

◆ National Defense Medical College
- Renewal of general competitive bidding
No

◆ Defense Research Institute
No

◆ Office of Research and
No

◆ Unit equipped facility
- Related to local procurement notice (the accounting department headquarters facility equipped) publication number to add 90,91,92,93,94,95,96

http://www.epco.mod.go.jp/supply/honbu.html

Other defense-related information ▽ ▽

◆ Internal departments
Posted December – Children’s Calendar

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/kids/equipment/index-1.html

◆ Staff Office Integration
No

◆ Ground Staff Office
- Update the calendar for December

http://www.mod.go.jp/gsdf/fan/calendar/index.html

GSDF original wallpaper – Update

http://www.mod.go.jp/gsdf/fan/wallpaper/index.html

◆ Maritime Staff Office
No

◆ Air Staff Office
No

◆ Inspection Division, Defense
No

◆ Information Division
No

◆ National Defense Academy
No

◆ National Defense Medical College
No

◆ Defense Research Institute
No

◆ Office of Research and
No

◆ Unit equipped facility
No

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Here’s the link to the actual page. Yep, that’s it. That’s all of the official coverage. That’s on the MSDF site, too. The main Ministry of Defense site has absolutely nothing about Keen Sword at all. It does, however, have a photo of Defense Minister Kitazawa shaking hands with the Mongolian Minister of Defense.

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