keiretsu

[key-ret-soo]
noun, plural keiretsu.
(especially in Japan) a loose coalition of business groups.

Origin:
1975–80; < Japanese

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Thus whale meat remains an expense-account menu item for the highest-ranking
  members of the keiretsu.
Each of the big six keiretsu has a full set of industrial and financial
  interests.
Trade sales are usually made to keiretsu affiliates, suppliers or customers.
What emerged were the keiretsu, bound neither by family ties nor holding
  companies.
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