Definitions for zaibatsuzaɪˈbɑt su
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a great industrial or financial combination of Japan.
Origin of zaibatsu:
1935–40; < Japn, =zai wealth (< MChin, = Chin cái) +batsu, der. of bat clique (< MChin, = Chin fá)
Japanese term for u2018money cliqueu2019 or conglomerate, and sometimes used in the United States to refer to any large corporation.
Origin: From zaibatsu.
Zaibatsu is a Japanese term referring to industrial and financial business conglomerates in the Empire of Japan, whose influence and size allowed control over significant parts of the Japanese economy from the Meiji period until the end of World War II.
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