Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A powerful family-controlled commercial combine of Japan.
  • n. A Japanese conglomerate or cartel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Japanese term for ‘money clique’ or conglomerate, and sometimes used in the United States to refer to any large corporation.

Etymologies

Japanese : zai, wealth (from Middle Chinese dzəj) + batsu, powerful person or family (from Middle Chinese buat).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 財閥 zaibatsu. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Korea, which was a Japanese colony for most of the first half of this century, took the family-network practice from Japan, where it was called zaibatsu until the holding companies were disbanded by General MacArthur at the end of World War II.

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  • General Electric CFO: 'Best Earnings Outlook In The Last 10 Years' NRC: Glossary -- International Nuclear Regulators Association INRA 1GTIJPDossNxN2o7ox13pNFpdqmJf0y5x1XB%2FqXeNvEGldUpysBKd827PbsmgTxY7ss64c%2BXioEdKPHo6dEYcmuGPkGMeh8o Obama Administration, State Officials Expected To Give Banks New Mortgage Terms zaibatsu

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  • Now, however, the Vitter amendment would break down the 1970 restrictions which, as President Nixon noted at the time, protected the US system from the anti-market practices inherent in Japan's "zaibatsu" style banking structure.

    SAFER: The Vitter Amendment Breaches the Banking/Commerce Barrier

  • The company is one of the four original Japanese "zaibatsu", family-controlled giant holding companies, known as "keiretsu" after their break-ups after the war.

    Steve Parker: Mitsubishi Motors: Just Who Are They, Anyway?

  • Japan failed to break the economic stranglehold of the "zaibatsu", the family owned monopoly conglomerates that dominated the pre-war Japanese economy.

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  • We have already quoted Selden as saying that the US occupation authorities in Japan failed to break the economic stranglehold of the "zaibatsu", the family owned monopoly conglomerates that dominated the pre-war Japanese economy.

    ANC Today

  • Such tactics worked wonders in postwar Japan, where General MacArthur, U.S. troops at his back, broke up the business empires of the prewar zaibatsu and imposed a democratic constitution.

    The Return

  • It was all down to what the company could absorb, and a big zaibatsu (multinational) has a lot more room to manoeuvre than a small business in terms of cash flow.

    On publishing and capitalism — Fusion Despatches

  • Now that GMAC has been magically allowed to be a bank holding company — and to fund itself with FDIC insured deposits — the UAW and Obama have their very own zaibatsu.

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