from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A network of businesses that own stakes in one another as a means of mutual security, especially in Japan, and usually including large manufacturers and their suppliers of raw materials and components.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A set of Japanese companies with interlocking business relationships and shareholdings.
Japanese, series, affiliation : kei, system + retsu, row, line.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Japanese 系列 (Wiktionary)