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A pedestrian passes before a branch of Japan's Mizuho Trust bank in... News PhotoBranch,Finance,Japan,Pedestrian,Tokyo - Japan,VerticalPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPA pedestrian passes before a branch of Japan's Mizuho Trust bank in Tokyo on November 14, 2012. Mizuho Financial Group said its net profit in the first half slipped 27.6 percent to 2.3 billion USD, but its sales and operating profit rose on its healthy market operation. Net profit in six months to September slumped to 184.3 billion yen, mainly a relative impact from last year when the bank added a wholly owned subsidiary and boosted profit figures. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)