Tokyo, February 21, 2018 – Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. (MFG) has received two honors for its policies and practices promoting the health and productivity of its associates. Both awards highlight Mizuho’s proactive approach to disease prevention, health maintenance and attention to creating ergonomic and comfortable workplaces that promote wellness.

The Health & Productivity Stock Selection, jointly administered by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), included MFG and four of its group companies for the first time this year. MFG, Mizuho Bank, Ltd. Mizuho Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd, and Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc. were recognized for exemplary health and productivity management programs that strategically promote employee health.

MFG was also named to the 2018 Certified Health Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program in the Large Enterprise Category for the second year in a row. The recognition, often referred to as the “White 500”, was established by METI and the Nippon Kenko Kaigi. Not limited to TSE-listed corporations, it is open to all large organizations who partner with insurance providers to implement superior health and productivity management.

Overall, Mizuho was recognized for creating a framework for collaboration between the company, health insurance providers, and occupational health services providers. The firm was also highly rated for putting in place a number of strategies, including those aimed at reducing overtime, preventing and controlling lifestyle diseases, preventing and detecting cancer, and promoting mental health.