Encyclopedia > Zaibatsu

  Article Content

Zaibatsu

Zaibatsu (財閥) is a word meaning "money clique" in the Japanese language. It was used in the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century to refer to large family-controlled banking and industrial combines.

The term gained popularity in the United States in the 1980s to refer to any large corporation, in large part from its usage in a few cyberpunk stories, but it is not used in Japan for anything other than historical discussions.

Since World War II, it has been replaced by keiretsu (系列), meaning "series" or "subsidiary."



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor

... sacked Rome, causing Charles some embarrassment but enabling him to keep the Pope from annulling the marriage of Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon, who was his ...

 
 
 
This page was created in 33.1 ms