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Moody's assigns Aa3 to Norinchukin Bank's Series 730 debenture

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17 Mar 2011

JPY 69 billion in new debt securities rated

Tokyo, March 17, 2011 -- Moody's Japan K.K. has assigned Aa3 ratings to the Norinchukin Bank's Series 730 debenture. The rating outlook is stable.

The specific bond issue rated is:

• JPY 69 billion Series 730 senior unsecured debenture, due 2016

RATING RATIONALE

Moody's Aa3 ratings on Norinchukin are based on a Baseline Credit Assessment (BCA) of Baa1, the systemic support input for Japan bank ratings of Aaa, and Moody's assessment (based on the bank's importance as the primary banking institution for Japan's agricultural, forestry, and fishery cooperatives) that the likelihood of systemic support for Norinchukin is very high.

The C- bank financial strength rating (BFSR) incorporates a number of factors:

(1) the bank's strong franchise as the central financial organization for Japan's agricultural, forestry, and fishery cooperatives

(2) its high risk positioning due to sizeable foreign securities investments and the complexity of the bank's market investment portfolio

(3) volatility in financial fundamentals, although this is tempered by solid liquidity stemming from the savings of the agricultural cooperatives (JAs) and the prefectural banking federations of the agricultural cooperatives (the shinnoren).

The BFSR also factors Norinchukin's (standalone) strengthened capital, which is unique to its position as an international investment institution, as well as the ongoing long-term challenges to its business model.

The last rating action with respect to Norinchukin was on June 29, 2009, when its BFSR was lowered to C- from C, BCA to Baa1 from A3, and its long-term ratings to Aa3 from Aa2.

The principal methodologies used in this rating were Moody's "Bank Financial Strength Ratings: Global Methodology" and "Incorporation of Joint-Default Analysis into Moody's Bank Ratings: A Refined Methodology" published on September 30, 2010, and available on www.moodys.co.jp.

The Norinchukin Bank, headquartered in Tokyo, is the central financial organization for Japan's agricultural, forestry, and fishery cooperatives. Its total assets (as of March 2010) were approximately JPY 68 trillion.

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Tokyo
Tetsuya Yamamoto
Vice President - Senior Analyst
Financial Institutions Group
Moody's Japan K.K.
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Minoru Kubota
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