Mizuho Financial Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various banking and financial services in Japan and internationally. The company offers retail banking services, including housing and personal loans, credit cards, deposits, investment products, and consulting services; and corporate banking services comprising loans, syndicated loan arrangements, structured finance, advisory services, other banking services, and capital markets financing services. It also provides derivatives and other risk hedging products; and securities services to individuals and corporate customers, as well as engages in proprietary trading, such as foreign exchange and bond trading, and asset and liability management. In addition, the company offers securities services to corporations, financial institutions, public sector entities and individuals; trust and asset management services; and investment banking services comprising advisory services for financial and capital strategies, bond underwriting and structured finance, mergers and acquisitions, and financial advisory services. Further, it provides wealth management services; products and services related to trust, real estate, securitization and structured finance, pension and asset management, and stock transfers; non-banking services; information technology services, including system integration and outsourcing services, advisory services to financial institutions, as well as consulting services related to environmental issues. The company serves large corporations, financial institutions, public sector entities, foreign corporations, foreign governmental entities, individuals, small and medium enterprises, middle-market corporations, local governmental entities, and other public sector entities. As of March 31, 2012, it had 434 branches in Japan. Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.