Sep 16, 2016

Mizuho, SoftBank partner on AI-based consumer lending venture

Mizuho Bank and SoftBank Group Corp. have agreed to set up a 50-50 joint company to provide unsecured consumer loans via artificial intelligence technology. Using customers’ business histories at both firms for the credit-screening process, the venture will provide an innovative, attractive, low-cost loan ...

Aug 16, 2016

Japan banks introducing telecommuting, reduced working hours

More major Japanese banks are reviewing their working patterns and introducing such systems as telecommuting and shorter working hours to help carers and parents with young children get the time they need. Mizuho Financial Group Inc. plans to allow some 23,000 employees at the ...

Japan's biggest banks to launch 24-hour money transfers

Jul 4, 2016

Japan's biggest banks to launch 24-hour money transfers

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Mizuho Bank are planning to start allowing immediate money transfer services 24 hours a day. Sumitomo Mitsui said Monday it will start offering money transfer services between its accounts 24 hours a day, 365 days ...

Nov 2, 2015

Mizuho Bank to open second office in Myanmar

Mizuho Bank said Monday that it has been granted permission by Myanmar’s regulatory authorities to open a front office in the Thilawa special economic zone. The unit of Mizuho Financial Group Inc. aims to open the office within fiscal 2015. The office will be ...

Mar 25, 2015

Former senior Mizuho Bank employee arrested over fraud

Police arrest former senior Mizuho Bank employee Mikio Oikawa and two others on suspicion of defrauding a doctor out of ¥115 million, with authorities suspecting Oikawa may have also swindled dozens of others out of billions of yen.

Sep 11, 2014

Banking group wants access to NPA's yakuza database

The Japanese Bankers Association wants to take action against yakuza by enabling banks to access the National Police Agency’s database via the Deposit Insurance Corp. of Japan, informed sources said. For banks, having access to the database would improve their client background checks, since ...

Jul 25, 2014

Mizuho to loan $500 million to Petrobras

Mizuho Bank plans to extend $500 million in loans to state-owned Brazilian oil firm Petrobras, informed sources said Friday. The move comes as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leaves Friday for a five-nation Latin American tour that will include Brazil. Mizuho and Petrobras will sign ...

Dec 20, 2013

FSA plans more action against Mizuho

The Financial Services Agency will soon take additional punitive action against Mizuho Bank doing business with organized crime, FSA sources said Friday. The financial watchdog first ordered the bank in September to improve operations, saying it did not take “substantial steps” to prevent or ...