Food and Agriculture
Mizuho views that restructuring agriculture, forestry, and fishing in Japan as growth sectors 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 of funds Mizuho invests to contribute to local economy revitalization, please refer to the "Funds Mizuho Invests to Contribute to Local Economy Revitalization."
|Number of Investments||Fund Amount
(Amount of which Invested by
|Number of Investment
Decisions by Fund
|13||Approx. JPY 16.7 billion
(approx. JPY 1.7 billion)
Strengthening Competitiveness of Agriculture and Food Product Industries
The National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations and the Norinchukin Bank in August 2013 formed a research group with the objective of strengthening the competitiveness of Japan's agriculture and food related industries. As a result of the favorable evaluation of MHBK's record of financing in the agricultural, forestry, and fisheries fields and the support it has provided for a broad range of industries within the food–related sector, MHBK was also invited to join this study group.
This study group engages in active exchanges of opinion regarding such themes as issues facing Japan's agricultural sector, the awareness of environment, latent possibilities, policy measures to strengthen competitiveness and examples of success. Looking ahead, we are scheduled to proceed with initiatives related to specific measures, etc.
Going forward also, MHBK will continue to offer policy advice drawing on its knowledge of industries, and also collaborating with regional financial institutions as well as government organizations, MHBK aims to contribute to creating jobs in regional areas and vitalizing their economies through conversion of the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries into growth sectors capable of exporting their products and services.
Initiatives to Increase Exports of Agricultural, Forestry, and Fishing 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 fishing 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.
- *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 Fishing Industries Launched
In September 2015, MHIR launched MIZUHO Global Agri–Innovation to support the global development of the Japanese agriculture, forestry, and fishing 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.
Also, in November 2016, MHIR was selected by Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries to undertake certain research projects. One of these is entitled "Fiscal 2016 Commissioned Research Related to Agricultural, Forestry, and Fishery Industry Research in Major Overseas Countries Situated in Cold Climates," and it will focus on Russia and Denmark. Another such project is entitled "Fiscal 2016 Commissioned Research Related to Agricultural, Forestry, and Fishery Research in Major Overseas Countries with Advanced Agricultural Regions," and will focus on Germany and France.
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 fishing 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 fishing 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.