Adjective "keiretsu" definition and examples

(Keiretsu may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


(in Japan) a conglomeration of businesses linked together by cross-shareholdings to form a robust corporate structure.
  1. 'Tamiko is the well-paid employee of a keiretsu, looking for commercial property opportunities in the US.'
  2. 'They're looking at a Japanese style of business, a keiretsu.'
  3. 'The owners are like the keiretsu that once lorded over the business landscape: they have grown too cozy with one another to operate efficiently.'
  4. 'Korean conglomerates are known as chaebols and were introduced by the Japanese during their occupation, as a copy of the Japanese keiretsu.'
  5. 'This argument's validity can be deduced from the experiences of some of Japan's keiretsu, which share many characteristics with Korea's chaebol.'
  6. 'The keiretsu system of interlocking cross-corporate ownership made it next to impossible to identify the real owners of Japanese capital.'
  7. 'One of the premier advantages to keiretsu strategies is that it toughens the conglomerate against takeovers and drastic losses.'
  8. 'The pressure to woo individuals, who tend to be long-term investors, is even stronger for companies which used to be part of old-line keiretsu, corporate groups held together by cross-shareholdings.'
  9. 'Once bitter rivals, they were effectively forced together as the unwinding of Japan's keiretsu led to increased rivalry at home.'
  10. 'The weak control over lending was allowed because of the keiretsu tradition, which links companies with their banks via complex cross-shareholdings.'

More definitions

1. (especially in Japan) a loose coalition of business groups.

More examples(as adjective)

"groups can be keiretsu."


Japanese, from kei ‘systems’ + retsu ‘tier’.