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Human Resources Development

Mizuho works diligently to build a talent portfolio that balances the career ambitions of each and every employee with the number and type of personnel required to realize the strategies of each business field. Mizuho systematically undertakes personnel development on a global, group–wide basis in accordance with each employee's stage of career development.

Career Development Training Framework

Mizuho has specified in our HR Vision that we believe that the "personal development of individual employees contributes to the stable and sustainable growth of Mizuho as a whole." Therefore, we put emphasis on training that "encourages employees to utilize their strengths and provides opportunities for them to use their skills and develop their abilities." In addition, Mizuho is pushing forward various initiatives that help increase the understanding and awareness of our Corporate Identity and which support the embedding of a shared, group–wide corporate culture.

In an effort to promote greater diversity and inclusion and to create a workplace that encourages employees from diverse backgrounds to grow and excel, Mizuho is upgrading and expanding its training in a bid to accelerate the pace at which non–Japanese as well as female employees are appointed to management positions. At the same time, Mizuho operates an online education portal, Mizuho e–Campus, which employees can access freely from home. Through these and other means, Mizuho is bolstering the various self–development opportunities available to employees.


  • *"Second career" refers to Mizuho group employees who are re–hired by the group after their mandatory retirement (aged approx. 50–55). Please note this applies only to Japan.

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Main Training Programs and Participation
Category FY2015 FY2016
No. of Participants Total Training Hours No. of Participants Total Training Hours Average Training Hours per Participant
Training and Development of Junior Employees 2,449 378,000 2,528 494,400 154
Specialized Career Track Training 2,556 39,000 4,952 65,824 15
Mizuho University Program 4,082 16,000 4,176 39,824 4
Leadership Development Initiatives 818 12,000 1,773 43,780 15
  • Scope: Employees of Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Trust & Banking, Mizuho Securities, and Mizuho Information & Research Institute in Japan
  • Data compilation: Based on initiatives that have been implemented on a group–wide basis.

Training and Development of Junior Employees (Early Career Training)

Training Sessions for All Newly Hired Personnel

Mizuho conducts joint training sessions for all newly hired personnel at Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Trust & Banking, Mizuho Securities, and Mizuho Information & Research Institute with the aim of fostering a greater sense of unity upon entering the group and to help new graduates to develop a sense of their role in the company and in society at large.

Specialized Career Track Training

Mizuho offers several programs that help employees take initiative in planning their careers over the medium to long term by introducing them to different career options and the corresponding responsibilities and requirements that they should meet in order to qualify for each respective role. Employees in their first, fourth, and sixth years of their career are provided with tailored career development support opportunities. Additionally, employees in their 40s have the opportunity to participate in a program where they can proactively develop career plans and consider the type of role they want to aim for going forward in order to maximize their contribution to the organization over the long term.

Please refer to "Promoting the Employment and Advancement of Diverse Human Resources" for details regarding additional training opportunities provided specifically for female employees.

Structure of the Mizuho University Program

The Mizuho University Program functions like a university within the company, by offering various courses and educational programs which are provided through external vendors/resources. The Mizuho University Program is accessible to all employees throughout the group.

  • Mizuho Program for Management Development (PMD)

    This program is composed of a series of lectures that condenses and integrates the topics and content typically taught on Master of Business Administration (MBA) courses into a relatable, practical context for the program participants. Utilizing case studies and group discussions, the participants strive to formulate new, innovative business strategies to positively impact the organization.

  • Mizuho College

    Mizuho College is a program that effectively combines lectures with group discussions and case studies to promote the development of skills, abilities, and expertise in a wide range of areas, from business skills to formal certification, to developing a global mindset.

  • Mizuho Knowledge Forum

    This forum helps participants acquire the knowledge, insight, and judgment required to survive in a fast–paced, volatile business environment where change is the new constant.

  • Study Abroad Program

    Employees may apply to study at a graduate school outside Japan, for example on an MBA or LL.M. (Master of Laws) program, in order to gain international insight and reinforce specialist expertise.

  • External Educational Programs

    Mizuho has a system for sending employees to graduate schools and educational institutions both within and outside of Japan, with the aim of reinforcing their expertise in specialized fields.

Leadership Development Initiatives

Mizuho is committed to providing a wide range of opportunities for employees to develop their leadership capabilities. We conduct training for senior management (the Mastery Leadership program) as well as training for employees who have recently been appointed to management positions (the M's Circuit program) with the aim of cultivating strong leaders.

The training, which aims to transform mindsets and behaviors, creates a space for management level employees to discuss the actions leaders can take to turn our diversity into one of Mizuho's greatest strengths.

Training Programs that Facilitate a Diverse Range of Career Paths

To begin developing employees and proactively advancing them through the organization from the early stages of their careers, Mizuho has created the Branch Manager/Younger Manager Recruitment Programs for selecting branch general managers and younger managers based on an internal application system. Other examples include the Internal Job Change Program for helping employees pursue careers and acquire greater expertise, the Career Design Workshop, Career Advancement Seminar, and Expert Program for supporting the career–building goals of ambitious employees in specialist positions, and the Career Advisor Consulting System to provide career guidance and other support for each individual employee based on their diverse career goals.

Branch Manager Recruitment Program

In January 2003, we introduced a system to select branch managers from among internal applicants to begin developing our younger employees and advancing them through the organization early in their careers.

Younger Manager Recruitment Program

Mizuho introduced the Younger Manager Recruitment Program in July 2013 to provide more opportunities for highly motivated younger employees, further energize the organization, and strengthen frontline operations.

Internal Job Change Program

This program helps employees to pursue their own career goals and to obtain increasingly specialized capabilities. Applications for various positions within each group company are accepted. Therefore, even employees in specialized positions do not need to restrict their future career path to their current job field and can attempt the challenge of a new field if they so choose.

Expert Program

The purpose of the "Expert Program" is to rapidly identify and provide career–development support to administrative staff who have outstanding specialist capabilities, are highly motivated, and have the potential for promotion to a management–level job. About 650 employees successfully complete the Expert Program in FY2016.

After completing the program, employees are given more advanced role expectations and objectives, as well as additional opportunities along with workshops at each stage of career development as part of the program's goal to prepare participants for management–level positions. Mizuho is making an organization–wide effort to develop administrative staff and prepare them to take on management roles.

Career Advisor Consulting System

The Career Advisor Consulting System provides opportunities for employees to discuss matters related to changes in their personal situation due to marriage, childbirth, parenting, aging family member care responsibilities and so on, and to receive guidance on medium– to long–term career planning, including taking charge of their own career, and supporting direct reports in developing and managing their own careers. The system also enables employees to receive individualized support and advice from both external specialists and Mizuho employees who are qualified career advisors.

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  FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016
No. of employees selected to fill internal openings via the Branch Manager Recruitment Program1 8 4 7 13
No. of employees selected to fill internal openings via the Younger Manager Recruitment Program2 4 5 7 7
No. of employees selected to fill internal openings via the Internal Job Change Program3 112 113 123 151


  • 1 Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank, and Mizuho Trust & Banking
  • 2Mizuho Financial Group and Mizuho Bank
  • 3 Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Trust & Banking, Mizuho Securities, and Mizuho Information & Research Institute.

Future Executive Leader Development Program

The Future Executive Leader Development Program is jointly run by Mizuho and an external business school. High potential employees at the senior management level are identified from a diverse pool of candidates on a group–wide and global basis and their leadership capabilities are strategically developed through the program. Candidates are given equal opportunity regardless of nationality, gender, work history, or the length and/or trajectory of their careers at Mizuho and are selected from among all fields within our banking, trust banking, securities, asset management, and think tank business areas.