The history of Mizuho Financial Group (Mizuho) dates back to 1873 with the establishment of the Dai-ichi Bank, the first national bank in Japan. Mizuho itself was formed in 2000 from the merger of three of Japan’s largest and most established banks, the Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank (DKB), Fuji Bank and the Industrial Bank of Japan (‘IBJ’). The diverse activities have now been integrated under ‘One Mizuho’ to create a global powerhouse. The history informs our present thinking, which values mutually beneficial long-term relationships and steady and sustainable growth. We recognize that in order to service our global client base, we need to continue to expand our presence in the world’s major markets. Our strategy is simple. EMEA is a key part of the bank’s global ambitions. We have been an active participant in the European market since 1952 and have continued to grow our presence ever since, with a network of 20 offices spread throughout the region. Having the balance sheet and credit rating of one of the world’s largest and most stable banks has enabled us to grow Mizuho in EMEA and focus our efforts on the needs of our clients. Going forward we are well positioned to increase our presence in this region as the economy recovers. Mizuho Corporate Bank was created in April 2002 by the merger of the Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank and Fuji Bank's corporate and investment banking division with the Industrial Bank of Japan. Headquarters were in the Ōtemachi district of Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. Backed by Mizuho Financial Group's credit ratings and financial solidity, MHCB was positioned as a major player in financial markets and among Japan's leading corporate and investment banks by market share. The brokerage arm Mizuho Securities was also a primary dealer in the U.S. Treasury securities market. MHCB opened a branch in Wuxi, China in 2006 in a bid to support transactions with Japanese companies operating in the city. Mizuho was the first foreign bank to have a branch in Wuxi. The bank also has a branch in the Philippines. It is a corporate and investment banking subsidiary of Mizuho Financial Group, the second-biggest Japanese financial services conglomerate, prior to the reintegration of investment banking services under the Mizuho Bank name in July 2013. Mizuho Corporate Bank engaged in steady expansion overseas, opening twenty overseas offices between 2005 and 2010, particularly in China, as well as in the Americas, Europe and Middle East. In 2006, Mizuho Corporate Bank became the first Japanese bank to obtain financial holding company status in the U.S., and Mizuho Financial Group listed its ADRs on the New York Stock Exchange. The two banks were initially consolidated under a holding company, Mizuho Holdings. On October 1, 2005 they were transferred to a new holding vehicle, Mizuho Financial Group. On July 1, 2013, a merger between the former Mizuho Bank and the former Mizuho Corporate Bank took place, and the institution was named Mizuho Bank.