kei·​ret·​su | \ kā-ˈret-(ˌ)sü How to pronounce keiretsu (audio) , ke- \
plural keiretsu also keiretsus

Definition of keiretsu

: a powerful alliance of Japanese businesses often linked by cross-shareholding

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Recent Examples on the Web Their keiretsu system of manufacturers, supplies and distributors all working closely together has been imitated by other cultures since the 1980s, but has been hard to duplicate. Kerri Thurston, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 The keiretsu that flushed productive firms with capital during periods of high productivity proved unable to mobilize capital when those firms faced stresses. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 17 Aug. 2020 And when the Japanese were eclipsing the U.S. economy through the keiretsu, large affiliated industrial companies working hand in hand with government—until Japan’s Lost Decade became two. Stanley F. Druckenmiller, WSJ, 2 May 2018 The firm was taken by the Japanese idea of keiretsu, a network of like-minded companies that support one another through partnerships and equity stakes., 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of keiretsu

1975, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for keiretsu

Japanese, literally, system, series, from kei system + retsu row, line

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“Keiretsu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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