Mizuho and SMFG join Tokyo 2020 Gold Partner Programme


The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee today welcomed Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. (Mizuho) and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. (SMFG) as Tokyo 2020 Gold Partners.

The two companies have been jointly attributed the category "Banking". Their addition brings the total number of Tokyo 2020 Gold Partners to 12.

Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori welcomed the new appointments, "I am delighted that SMFG and Mizuho will be providing their support to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games as Tokyo 2020 Gold Partners. Both these companies are leading Japanese megabanks, and their addition to the Tokyo 2020 Sponsorship Programme will enable us to fully realize the message we have been conveying of an 'All-Japan' team working as one towards the successful delivery of the Games ever since our bid campaign. We look forward to staff of both these financial institutions located across the length and breadth of Japan lending their active support towards building momentum in the lead up to the 2020 Games."

"We are extremely honoured to have the opportunity to contribute to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games as a Tokyo 2020 Gold Partner," said Yasuhiro Sato, President and Group CEO of Mizuho. "Mizuho's relationship with the Olympic Games dates back to supporting the organisation of the 1964 Olympics hosted by Tokyo and storage of the official Olympic flag. With the advent of the Tokyo 2020 Games, we will provide financial-related support and expertise to Olympic and Paralympic Games-related business and contribute to society and the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games through our nationwide network of branches and offices. Mizuho is also committed to continuing to create timeless value and provide local economies and societies with abundant and varied benefits."

Koichi Miyata, President of SMFG, commented: "On this occasion, in the capacity of a Tokyo 2020 Gold Partner, we are greatly honoured to have the opportunity to support the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as the exploits of the Japanese national Olympic and Paralympic teams. We view the Tokyo 2020 Games as an event that advances the objectives of excelling as the 'most innovative Olympic and Paralympic Games in history and inspiring positive change in the world.' This resonates perfectly with the Group's own 10-year vision of 'Becoming a banking group that, by earning the highest trust of our customers, leads the growth of Japan,' as well as the company's objective of achieving solid growth for ourselves and our customers. By promoting new action initiatives for Japan and building a legacy for the next generation, the Group will provide energetic support for the Tokyo 2020 Games, athletes, the organising committee and society at large. We will work closely with all partners to soundly pioneer the 'Next Japan' and contribute to the growth of the country and society."

About the Tokyo 2020 Sponsorship Programme: The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are Coca-Cola, Atos, Bridgestone, Dow, GE, McDonald's, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung, Toyota and Visa. In addition, domestic sponsors will also be core components of Tokyo 2020's Marketing Programme, and over the next six years they will be indispensable partners both for the successful delivery of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and as partners of the Japanese national Olympic and Paralympic teams. Accordingly, they will be accorded the rights to use Olympic and Paralympic designations and imagery including emblems, mascots and slogans. The Olympic sponsor programme is divided into four separate categories: the IOC's The Olympic Partner (TOP) programme constitutes the very highest level of Olympic sponsorship, while the three remaining categories are designated for domestic sponsors. The highest domestic tier comprises Gold Partners, the second tier consists of Official Partners and the third tier is made up of Official Supporters. In collaboration with all sponsors who take part in the Marketing Programme, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will work to contribute to a brighter tomorrow for both Japan and the world. Please click the following link to learn more about the rights granted to the Tokyo 2020 Games' Sponsors: https://tokyo2020.org/en/organising-committee/marketing/sponsorship/index.html

About Mizuho: Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. is a bank holding company which manages and engages in ancillary operations related to the management of its legally-owned subsidiaries as defined by the Japanese Banking Act. Its activities include streamlining group management functions, creating synergies across various business fields and capabilities, and leveraging the defining strengths and characteristics of the Mizuho group. Mizuho official website: http://www.mizuho-fg.co.jp/english

About SMFG: Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) was established through a share transfer from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in December 2002. The companies of SMFG offer a diverse range of financial services, centred on banking operations.

SMFG Official Website: http://www.smfg.co.jp/english/