On a visit to IIM Bangalore on 6th November, facilitated by Prof. D. Krishna Sundar, Chair of the India Japan Study Centre at IIMB, Mr. Koji Fujiwara, President and CEO of Mizuho Bank, spoke of the opportunity to enhance Mizuho Bank’s engagement with the India Japan Study Centre (IJSC) at IIMB.
Interacting with IIMB faculty at the IJSC, and at IIMB’s incubation and innovation centre, NSRCEL, Mr. Fujiwara expressed “great pleasure and honour to be at an excellent school like IIMB” and lauded the G2G relationship initiated by the Prime Ministers of India and Japan. “This would be the foundation to further enhance the private sector relationship in the future,” he said, “Indians as very talented people with great expertise,” he told the students of IIMB, whom he addressed later in the morning. “Start your business and contribute the society and change your world with a focus on the three “ships” – namely, Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Partnership”. Mizuho Bank is among the top 20 banks in the world and top three banks in Japan, with total assets of approximately $1.89 trillion.
Prof. G. Raghuram, Director, IIMB, listed the areas of engagement between the India Japan Study Centre at IIMB and Japan, and said for IIMB students, Japan remains a popular country, when focussing on Business Planning for International Markets.
While welcoming Mr. Fujiwara and his bank’s leadership team to IIMB, Prof. Krishna Sundar, said: “It is a wonderful opportunity to have with us an individual who drives global business and possesses deep academic involvement with the best institutes in the world.” Prof. Krishna Sundar then shared the vision of the India Japan Study Centre. He also took the opportunity to thank Mizuho Bank for their investment in IJSC at various levels. Prof. K. Kumar, Chair, Alumni Relations and Development at IIMB, thanked Mr. Fujiwara for his interesting and inspiring views on leadership, entrepreneurship and partnership.
Professor Krishna Sundar says “Mizuho Bank’s role in this initiative has been very supportive in building the necessary resources at IJSC which could deliver on the vision and mission of the Centre. This apart, Mizuho’s vast experience with Japanese and global industry and their innovative outlook in creating and building on new initiatives would play an important role in building, through IJSC, a win-win relationship between Indian and Japanese businesses by sharing information and knowledge acquired through their research and analysis activities. In recognition of this pivotal role of Mizuho, the centre is being named Mizuho India Japan Study Centre (MIJSC).”