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n. pl. zaibatsu
A Japanese conglomerate, especially a powerful family-controlled monopoly before World War II.

[Japanese : zai, wealth (from Early Middle Chinese dzəj; also the source of Mandarin cái) + batsu, powerful person or family (from Early Middle Chinese buat; also the source of Mandarin ).]


(Sociology) (functioning as singular or plural) the group or combine comprising a few wealthy families that controls industry, business, and finance in Japan
[from Japanese, from zai wealth, from Chinese ts'ai + batsu family, person of influence, from Chinese fa]


(zaɪˈbɑt su)

n., pl. -tsu.
a great industrial or financial combination of Japan.
[1935–40; < Japanese, =zai wealth (< Middle Chinese, = Chinese cái) + batsu, derivative of bat clique (< Middle Chinese, = Chinese )]
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In 2006, Mitsui acquired Mitsui Gas, which has equity interests in LDCs in seven states.
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The $500 million deal will mark the trading house's first acquisition of oil and gas concessions in the United States, which Mitsui believes will serve as a useful lever to push into the North American oil and gas market, which is the world's largest.
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One pattern is the "city-within-a-city" concept successfully implemented by Mori Building Company with their Roppongi Hills area redevelopment, completed in April 2003, and by Mitsui Fudosan (Mitsui) with its Tokyo MidTown Project, scheduled for completion in 2007 on land formerly owned by the Japan Self-Defense Forces.
Mitsui Fudosan engages in real estate leasing and sales and Mitsui Real Estate has acted as a major intermediary in sales of real estate properties, such as condominiums and homes.
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With more than 40,000 employees worldwide, Mitsui is engaged in trading of commodities and provision of services in a range of fields, including iron and steel, non-ferrous metals, machinery, electronics, chemicals, energy-related commodities and products, food products, textiles, general merchandise and real estate.