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English definition of “zaibatsu”


noun [C] (plural zaibatsu, or zaibatsus) (also Zaibatsu)     /zaɪˈbætˌsuː/
ECONOMICS a group of industrial and financial companies that controlled a large part of the economy of Japan before the Second World War
(Definition of zaibatsu noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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