And of the Zaibatsu

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:
And of the Zaibatsu

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This chapter examines the concept of the zaibatsu, pre-World War 2 Japanese business conglomerates. It suggests that the zaibatsu did exist but were not like the groups that academics described. The analysis also reveals that the zaibatsu acquired their intellectual prominence because they happened to be thriving when muckraking journalists in the 1920s and 1930s came looking for someone to blame for the depression. This chapter also trace the ties between zaibatsu and the fable of the keiretsu.

Keywords: zaibatsu; business conglomerates; Japan; intellectual prominence; depression; keiretsu

Chapter.  9818 words. 

Subjects: International Economics

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