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[key-ret-soo] /keɪˈrɛt su/
noun, plural keiretsu.
(especially in Japan) a loose coalition of business groups.
Origin of keiretsu
1975-80; < Japanese Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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.
  • Later, keiretsu formed-networks of companies doing business together, often with cross-shareholdings to cement their ties.
  • These groups, with a principal bank at their core, became known as the keiretsu.
  • If the chaebol deserve a discount then so do the keiretsu.

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