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Definition: Zaibatsu

Quick Summary of Zaibatsu

A Zaibatsu is a Japanese conglomerate.

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Dictionary Definition

A Zaibatsu is a Japanese conglomerate.

Zaibatsu (財閥, “financial clique”) is a Japanese term referring to industrial and financial business conglomerates in the Empire of Japan, whose influence and size allowed control over significant parts of the Japanese economy.


Full Definition of Zaibatsu

It differs from a keiretsu in having a bank as it’s dominant member.

Historically, a family-controlled vertically integrated cartel of industrial and financial business that existed in Japan prior to World War 2.

Although, the zaibatsu were officially dissolved in 1946, the 3 largest ones, Mitsui, Mitsubishi and Sumito, gave rise to respective enterprise groups which retained, to a certain extent, control over economic activity and contributed to Japan’s economic growth after the war.


Examples of Zaibatsu in a sentence

Occupation reformers believed the Zaibatsu played a key role in fostering Japanese fascism and militarism.

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This glossary post was last updated: 4th May 2019.