J. Mark Ramseyer

in The Fable of the Keiretsu

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780226532707
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226532721 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about keiretsu, post-war Japanese insular business alliances. This volume argues that keiretsu is nothing more than an urban legend propagated by Marxist scholars in the 1950s. It also debunks other related myths about the Japanese business world including zaibatsu, which explains government guidance and maintenance of special arrangement with main bank.

Keywords: keiretsu; insular business alliances; Japan; Marxist scholars; zaibatsu; government guidance; main bank

Chapter.  1876 words. 

Subjects: International Economics

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