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Food and Agriculture

Mizuho views that restructuring agriculture, forestry, and fishing in Japan as a growth sector is the key to expanding domestic demand, creating jobs, and revitalizing regional communities. Drawing on its abundance of investment experience and customer base throughout Japan, Mizuho is supporting the transformation of Japan's agricultural, forestry, and fishing industries into growth sectors.

Helping Make Japan's Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries into a New Growth Industries

Mizuho is participating in investments in business entities that are actively engaged in the shift toward a sixth industry. This includes collaborating with the Agriculture, forestry and fisheries Fund corporation for Innovation, Value–chain and Expansion Japan; regional financial institutions; and local governments as well as establishing sixth–industry funds for the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sectors.
In addition, a sixth–industry desk has been established in MHBK and is providing risk money, structuring business models, and a policy recommendation initiative that draws on Mizuho's industrial sector knowledge. These activities are contributing to the transformation of the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries into growth sectors and to the revitalization of regional economies.

With regard to the list entitled "Funds Mizuho Invests to Contribute to Local Economy Revitalization," please refer to the funds that Mizuho invests to contribute to local economy revitalization.

Regarding Funds MHBK Invested to Make Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries into New Growth Industries (as at March 31, 2016)
Number of Investments Fund Amount
(Amount of which Invested by
MHBK)
Number of Investment
Decisions by Fund
13 Approx. 16.7 billion yen
(approx. 1.7 billion yen)
15

Sixth industry funds for the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sectors

Establishment of Agri–support Desk to Support Efforts in the Agriculture Field

MHBK has established its "Agri–support Desk" unit, which works in collaboration with an NPO, Japan Professional–Agriculture total support Organization (J–PAO), to provide support for customers' efforts in the field of agriculture.
Specifically, customers involved in the agriculture field or considering participation in that field are supplied with information on trends related to agricultural associations and companies, case studies regarding other companies' initiatives to establish presences in the field, and other information selected in light of individual customers' needs. In addition, customers are provided diverse kinds of business solutions, including opportunities to build supply chains by means of business matching with J–PAO members.

Initiatives to Increase Exports of Agricultural, Forestry, and Fisheries Products

Establishment of private equity funds for promoting exports to the Middle East

Mizuho is engaging in investment operations. Steps have been taken to establish the Gulf Japan Food Fund, a private equity fund which aims to provide support on the financing side for expanding exports of Japanese agricultural, forestry, and fisheries products, while, at the same time, working to improve food security in the six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)*.
The objective of this fund is to invest in joint ventures newly established by Japanese and Middle Eastern companies in the food and agriculture related businesses with the aim of promoting their growth. This fund is also working to add value and create markets that match Japanese corporations with those in the Middle East.

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Gulf Japan Food Fund Signing Ceremony

  • *A total of six countries are member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait.

Overseas Support Business for Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Industries Launched

In September 2015, MHIR launched MIZUHO Global Agri–Innovation to support the global development of the Japanese agriculture, forestry, and fisheries industries. As a first step in Rwanda, besides the cultivation of vegetables and flowers developed in Japan, we implemented initiatives to support research and demonstration tests relating to technology transfers, including agricultural machinery.

For the export industrialization of Japanese brand agricultural produce, MHIR considered as essential the creation of a system deemed able to supply quantity and quality to the world in a stable manner. In Rwanda, which possesses expanses of arable land, a stable climate, and an abundant labor force, we built a platform in support of the Japanese agriculture, forestry, and fisheries industries as they make inroads overseas. In addition to providing experimental farmland and laboratory space, this business provides a range of support, including the license procedures for various types of experiments, product development support, networking with local universities and companies as well as securing local resources.

Joint Sponsorship of the Japan Pavilion at the Milan World Exposition

More than 140 countries and regions participated in the Milan World Exposition, which had the theme of "Food for the Earth and Energy for Life" and was held from May 2015. The Japan Pavilion at the exposition exhibited multifaceted aspects of Japan's agriculture, forestry, and fisheries industries, initiatives related to food, and many kinds of knowledge that are packed in Japan's cuisine and food culture. Mizuho was a joint sponsor of this event and, at the exposition, provided introductions to the activities of Japan's regional governments with the aim of providing support for disseminating additional information about Japan's food and agriculture and further expanding related business activities.

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