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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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On the other hand, under the administration of former prime minister, Mahathir Mohammad, the developmental state model supports the domestic industries and the development of large conglomerates based on South Korean chaebols and Japanese zaibatsu (Gomez 2009).
Among their topics are the historical and financial characteristics of the South Korean zaibatsu, profit allocation rules to motivate inter-firm network partners to reduce overall costs, measuring performance of an inter-firm network in reducing total lead time for investment recovery, the organizational capacity of master data management for inter-firm integration, and coordinating supply chains by controlling the capacity usage rate in the Japanese car industry.
Associated with these kinds of trends in development, we find the rise in Asia of family based or kinbased or kin-modeled business corporations that achieve international standing (for instance, South Korean Chaebols, historical progression of Japanese Zaibatsu, Keiretzu, and Sogo shosha, Chinese Big Business Families, Hongs and Kong Si's.
Although Zaibatsu were dissolved after World War II (WWII), they reemerged as keiretsu during the 1950s and 1960s (Berglof and Perotti, 1994).
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We omit from this article several important related issues: zaibatsu dissolution, deconcentration, the purges, the reparation plans, and land reform.
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