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Abbreviated SMBC. Its existence is proof of The Onion's OmniCorp hypothesis: as the name indicates, SMBC is the unholy spawn of Sumitomo and Mitsui, two of Japan's oldest and largest keiretsu. It's difficult to explain, in words, how this merger happened, so instead I'll give you SMBC's family tree:

                            Mitsui Bank
Sumitomo Bank                  1876        Dai-Ichi Bank
    1895                         |________________|
     |               Kobe Bank          |                 Jugo Bank
     |                 1936        Teikoku Bank_______________|
 Osaka Bank              |             1943
    1948                 |              |_________________________
     |                   |              |                         |
Sumitomo Bank            |              |                 Dai-Ichi Bank, 1948
    1952                 |          Mitsui Bank
     |     Kawachi Bank  |             1954            Toto Bank
     |__________|        |              |__________________|
    1965                 | Taiyo Bank  1968
     |                   |______|       |
     |                   |              |
     |             Taiyo Kobe Bank      |
     | Heiwa Sogo Bank  1973            |
     |__________|        |              |
    1986                 |              |
     |                   |______________|
     |                           |
     |                 Mitsui Taiyo Kobe Bank
     |                          1990
     |                           |
     |                      Sakura Bank
     |                          1992
     |___________________________|
                  |
   Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
                 2001

SMBC is enjoying the fruits of Japan's financial industry liberalization—recently, they received clearance to begin selling life insurance. They need all the help they can get, though, as they tend to lead major slides in the Nikkei.

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