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As Japan is an advanced country regarding the challenges associated with the aging population and declining birthrate, measures to overcome the challenges through the progress of the medical care and health industry are a crucial means of enabling Japan's sustained growth. Based on its abundant industry expertise, Mizuho is promoting the establishment of medical care and health–related government policies and is building support systems for a wide range of customers.

Initiatives in Financing and Investments

"Mizuho Clinic Assist" Loans for Clinics

To meet the facility establishment and facility operation–related funding needs of doctors in private practices or preparing to create such practices, MHBK offers favorable financing methods" Mizuho Clinic Assist".

Contributing to the Medical Device Industry through the Medical Device Incubation Fund

In November 2013, MHBK and the government's Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (hereinafter, INCJ) jointly established the Medical Device Incubation Fund (hereinafter, the Fund), which is Japan's first investment fund specializing in medical devices, with total resources of JPY6.0 billion.

The Fund selects development projects based on ideas and technology "seeds" that have been generated by universities, hospitals, private companies, and other sources with the objective turning these into businesses. The Fund provides financing for these business endeavors. At the same time, INCJ and MHBK established a fund management company, employing staff and professionals with experience as doctors and in the medical device business that is responsible for project management, including design of the commercialization process.

Thus, the Fund gives strong support for funding and in the areas of personnel and know–how and acts as a bridge between the stage of technical seeds coming from universities to the stage where medical device manufacturers will want to commercialize the technologies.

In fiscal 2017, two of the fund's investee companies were acquired by leading Japanese corporations, and the fund exited and successfully recovered its investment. In the medical equipment field bringing new products to the market requires substantial risk capital and time. This exiting may be described as a successful example of taking the first steps toward "structuring the base for the ecosystem in Japan's medical equipment industry." The fund, as it provided risk capital, also acted as a leading shareholder providing support for expansion of these venture businesses. Going forward, leading corporations will play the same roles.

We would like to continue to contribute to "enhancing the incubation environment for the medical equipment industry in Japan" and "further the development of the industrial base for medical equipment in Japan."

Through the Fund, MHBK will supply risk money for the development of medical devices and work to contribute to the nurturing of the medical device industry.

Investments made through the Fund:
Fiscal year No. of investments No. of EXITs
2017 (As of end–July) 1 0
2016 5 2
2015 3 0
2014 2 0
2013 1 0
Total 12 2

Consulting Services for National and Local Government Entities

Support for Medical Care Policy Planning

MHIR provides central and local government units with support for the creation of policies related to medical and nursing care. Having established a team that handles medical care policies implemented by government units responsible for social security policies, the institute is undertaking studies and analyses of situations required when considering systemic reforms, studies and research of overseas practices worth considering in connection with the creation of new systems, diverse kinds of studies and research designed to promote the medical care industry, and the leveraging of findings from such studies and research to provide support to local government units with respect to the creation of policies.

Consulting Services for Corporations, Medical Institutions, and Health Insurance Associations

Providing Consulting Functions for Medical Care Institutions

Leveraging its abundant knowledge regarding the medical care field, Mizuho undertakes diverse consulting projects on behalf of medical care institutions. As MHBK has established a study team focused on the medical care field and MHRI employs specialized consultants qualified to meet customer needs, Mizuho is promoting concerted group–wide efforts to promote the provision of medical care–related consulting services.

Efforts to Improve Employee Health and Optimize Medical Care Expenses

Leveraging the know–how it has accumulated in the course of such activities as those to create and operate medical care expense analysis systems and systems for medical care insurance providers, MHIR has developed its unique "health–age" software–which enables the analysis of medical care and health information to gain a clear understanding of such factors as those related to lifestyles, health conditions, and medical expenses as well as to make comparisons between occupational categories and regions–and it uses this software and other tools to provide consulting services, including preparation of "Data Health Plans" as provided for in the government's "Japan Revitalization Strategy," to medical care insurance providers.

Information Disclosure

Mizuho Medical Welfare Seminar Held

Since 2012, MHIR has held the Mizuho Medical Welfare Seminar.

Mizuho Medical Welfare Seminar Events Held
Date Topic Participants
July 2015 (No. 4) Toward the Realization of a Health Maintenance Business based on the PDCA cycle
(Implementation of Data Health Plans and Highlights of Outcome Measurement)
July 2014 (No. 3) Creation of Data Health Plans and Highlights of Health Maintenance Business Implementation 91
July 2013 (No. 2) Initiatives to Promote Health of Employees and Right–Size Medical Expenditures Based on Data Analysis 97
July 2012 (No. 1) Toward a Plan to Right–Size Stage Two Medical Expenditures 54

Business Matching Forum "Japan: A Healthy Great Nation" Held

MHBK has an active program of business matching services that help to introduce optimal business partners that meet their customers' needs. These include introducing new buyers for their products and suppliers as well as partners for the development of new products and entering new businesses.

In fiscal 2016, MHBK held a business matching events in Tokyo and Osaka entitled "Business Matching Forum "Japan: A Healthy Great Nation." The theme of these events was lengthening our healthy lifespan. In total, about 200 companies in the health and sports businesses, which are helping to promote people's longer, healthier lives, participated in the event, representing corporations, medical institutions, and local government entities. Also, about 460 business negotiations and discussions were held at the event.


Business Matching Forum