Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.

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  • noun A set of Japanese companies with interlocking business relationships and shareholdings.

Etymologies

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

[Japanese, series, affiliation : kei, system + retsu, row, line.]

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Japanese 系列

Examples

  • The keiretsu are the key to understanding the jimusho system, but unfortunately, this is also the most oblique characteristic of the field to measure and observe.

    Néojaponisme » Blog Archive » The Jimusho System: Part Two

  • As one Japanese diplomat put it rather candidly, "Japan is creating an exclusive Japanese market in which Asia Pacific nations are incorporated into the so-called keiretsu [financial-industrial bloc] system."

    Walden Bello: Asia: The Coming Fury

  • Japan's unique form of capitalism, based as it is on huge industrial groups called keiretsu, is beginning to fade.

    Japan's Young Slackers

  • The Japanese call it keiretsu; the Koreans say chaebol; the Russian word is semibankirshchina; and the Americans label the cozy arrangement among industrialists, bankers and government officials crony capitalism.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • The Japanese call it keiretsu; the Koreans say chaebol; the Russian word is semibankirshchina; and the Americans label the cozy arrangement among industrialists, bankers and government officials crony capitalism.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • The Japanese call it keiretsu; the Koreans say chaebol; the Russian word is semibankirshchina; and the Americans label the cozy arrangement among industrialists, bankers and government officials crony capitalism.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • The Japanese call it keiretsu; the Koreans say chaebol; the Russian word is semibankirshchina; and the Americans label the cozy arrangement among industrialists, bankers and government officials crony capitalism.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • The result is an extended organization — an integrated value chain — known as a keiretsu.

    Managing Strategic Relationships

  • A keiretsu is a Japanese industrial grouping that involves long-term relationships and interlocking ownership.

    Managing Strategic Relationships

  • The result is an extended organization — an integrated value chain — known as a keiretsu.

    Managing Strategic Relationships

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  • Mentioned here.

    September 6, 2007

  • "It was funded in part by Paul Allen, the co founder of Microsoft who appears to be creating a small keiretsu of semantic Web start-ups." - http://tinyurl.com/23rc6v

    October 23, 2007

  • "All apartments in Paris that you would long to live in belong to the domaine privé. This is to say not that they all belong to the city government but that they can be obtained only through membership in one or another of the political or literary or fashionable keiretsus that dominate Paris."

    -- Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik, p 23

    September 23, 2008