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Mizuho Selects Fujitsu, Hitachi for Bank’s Computer System

Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Mizuho Financial Group Inc., Japan’s third-biggest banking group by market value, selected Fujitsu Ltd., Hitachi Ltd. and two other companies to develop a new computer system for the lender’s national operations.

The bank plans to introduce the system by March 2016, Tokyo-based spokeswoman Masako Shiono said by telephone today, adding International Business Machines Corp. and NTT Data Corp. are also part of the development team.

The network will replace a system set up after Mizuho was created in 2000 through a merger of three banks. Mizuho plans to combine its corporate and retail lending units by July 1 to cut costs and boost profitability.

Development may exceed 400 billion yen ($4.9 billion), Nikkei Computer magazine reported earlier today without citing anyone. Shiono declined to comment on costs.

Mizuho last year experienced system outages four days after a record earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. The computer failure delayed about $10 billion of transactions.

To contact the reporter on this story: Shigeru Sato in Tokyo at ssato10@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chitra Somayaji at csomayaji@bloomberg.net

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