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The Origins of Our Bank

Hokkoku Bank was established on December 18, 1943, by a merger of three banks, namely Kano Godo Bank, Kashu Bank, and Nowa Bank, and has grown steadily ever since.

As a regional leading bank, and based on the Bank’s corporate philosophy “Trust – a bridge to a fruitful regional future: to enrich interactions and build up growth in the region,” Hokkoku Bank aims to become a bank trusted and loved by every client in the region by leading regional activities in various aspects.

Hokkoku Bank's Journey

  • 1958

    Relocated head office to Shimotsutsumi-cho

    The head office (former) was completed in Shimotsutsumi-cho, Kanazawa, Ishikawa.

  • 1972

    Commenced online exchange service

  • 1974

    Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Osaka Stock Exchange

    Listed on the First Sections of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Osaka Stock Exchange. (The Osaka Stock Exchange is discontinued in 2010.)

  • 1981

    Total deposits reached one trillion yen

  • 1982

    Completed a new computer center (the Morito Center)

    Completion of a new computer center in Morito, Kanazawa, Ishikawa.

  • 1988

    Established New York Representative Office

    Establishment of a representative office which gathers local information and provide support for companies entering the market. (Discontinued in 2002.)

  • 1989

    Total deposits reached two trillion yen

  • 1992

    Introduced CI

    Introduction of CI and amendment of the Bank logo to its current form.

  • 1993

    50th founding anniversary

  • 2001

    Established the Direct Center

    Establishment of the Direct Center, allowing the operation of non-face-to-face sales.

  • 2003

    Partnered with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

    Collaboration on business related to funding in RMB.

  • 2004

    Established Shanghai Representative Office

    Establishment of Representative Office in Shanghai, which is the Chinese economic center, catering to the increasing number of companies in the Ishikawa Prefecture hoping to enter the Chinese market.

  • 2007

    Partnered with Bangkok Bank

    Collaboration on business in Thailand and other South-East Asian regions.

  • 2008

    Established Singapore Representative Office

    Covering the entire South-East Asian region, prepared a system that provides regional information and financial services to companies entering the market.

  • 2008

    Commenced TSUBASA Project

    An initial agreement to deliberate system standardization was reached with The Chiba Bank, The Daishi Bank, The Chugoku Bank, and The Iyo Bank.
    (*Now including THE TOHO BANK and North Pacific Bank.)

  • 2010

    Founded the largest promotion fund in Japan: utilizing resources for the industrialization of Ishikawa

    Collaboration with Ishikawa Prefecture and local financial institutions to found a fund that supports the future emergence and growth of new industries.

  • 2010

    Partnered with Bank of Dalian

    Provision of information on the region and its policies; business matching; support on entering the market

  • 2010

    Partnered with the Changzhou National Hi-Tech District

    Provision of information on the region and its policies; support on entering the market

  • 2011

    Total deposits reached three trillion yen

  • 2011

    Partnered with three other local banks

    Mutual utilization of overseas offices of Hokkoku Bank, The Juroku Bank, The San-in Godo Bank, and The Hiroshima Bank

  • 2011

    Partnered with Bank of Jiangsu

    Provision of information on the region and its policies; business matching; support on entering the market

  • 2012

    Partnered with Bank CIMB Niaga

    Various banking transactions in the partner bank
    Local currency funding guaranteed by the Bank
    Provision of information on regional laws and regulations

  • 2012

    Became the first company in Japan to introduce tablets

    The Bank became the first company in Japan to introduce portable terminals in order to strengthen proposal-based sales.

  • 2013

    70th founding anniversary

  • 2013

    Executed the first cross border loan project

  • 2013

    Cooperated with Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI)

    Business cooperation related to publicizing trade insurance

  • 2013

    Partnered with SCS Global Consulting

    Provision of information on laws and regulations and advisory services in the U.S. and Asia

  • 2013

    Partnered with Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV)

    Various banking transactions in the partner bank
    Local currency funding guaranteed by the Bank
    Provision of information on regional laws and regulations

  • 2014

    Partnered with State Bank of India (the bank, which has signed the MOU with Japan Bank for International Cooperation)

    Provision of information on the economic and investment climate
    Various banking transactions in the partner bank

  • 2014

    Partnered with Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (the bank, which has signed the MOU with Japan Bank for International Cooperation )

    Provision of information on the economic and investment climate
    Various banking transactions in the partner bank

  • 2014

    Completed head office building

    Completion of the current head office building (Hirooka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa)

  • 2015

    Implemented the new accounting system, BankVision

    Implementation of a new system, allowing faster system development for new products and services

  • 2016

    Established Singapore Branch

    Started to apply international standards to capital adequacy ratio after establishing Singapore Branch