One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large Japanese business conglomerate.
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- ‘In that period, the four zaibatsu conglomerates tripled their total assets.’
- ‘Like the 1980s partnership of Japan's zaibatsu and its Ministry of International Trade and Finance, this arrangement allows the Chinese to do extraordinary things in no time flat.’
- ‘Among many things the South Koreans have emulated, the institution of the Japanese zaibatsu conglomerates is probably one of the most important.’
- ‘Japanese workers, in contrast to the zaibatsu, were in no position to wait out the crisis.’
Japanese, from zai ‘wealth’ + batsu ‘clique’.
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