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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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It attained its present name when it was spun off after many of the bigger zaibatsu (business conglomerates) were dissolved by the government in the years following World War II.
In contrast to the chaebols, the zaibatsu had banks at their centers.
Then, note the strengthening of banks' weight (which can be compared to the shift from zaibatsu to keiretsu) despite the global context of disintermediation and greater direct access to financial markets in order to fulfill a company's needs.
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Perceived as a threat to the global order, the emergence of communism in Asia after WWII cut short the dismantling of the remaining zaibatsu in Japan.
The Korean economic structure bears certain similarities with Japan, notably in, for example, the predominance of large conglomerates, with the Korean chaebol modeled on the Japanese zaibatsu, subsequently known as keiretsu.
At the same time, large trading companies, known as zaibatsu, flourished due to the unstable markets and rampant inflation.
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Cabe resaltar que durante esta epoca, las autoridades japonesas instrumentaron acciones para contrarrestar la crisis economica de 1929, la cual se manifesto de manera directa en muchas pequenas y medianas empresas japonesas, cuya ruina hizo posible el crecimiento de los monopolios, denominados Zaibatsu.