The history of Mizuho Financial Group (Mizuho) dates back to 1873 with the establishment of the Dai-ichi Bank, the first national bank in Japan.

Mizuho itself was formed in 2002 from the merger of three of Japan's largest and most established banks, the Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank (DKB), Fuji Bank and the Industrial Bank of Japan ('IBJ'). The diverse activities have now been integrated under 'One Mizuho' to create a global powerhouse.

Our history informs our present thinking, which values mutually beneficial long-term relationships and steady and sustainable growth.

We recognize that in order to service our global client base, we need to continue to expand our presence in the world's major markets.

Our strategy is simple. EMEA is a key part of the bank's global ambitions. We have been an active participant in the European market since 1952 and have continued to grow our presence ever since, with a network of 20 offices spread throughout the region.

Having the balance sheet and credit rating of one of the world's largest and most stable banks has enabled us to grow Mizuho in EMEA and focus our efforts on the needs of our clients. Going forward we are well positioned to increase our presence in this region as the economy recovers.