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From Japanese 財界 (ざいかい, zaikai).


zaikai (uncountable)

  1. Collectively, the powerful and influential businesspeople and tycoons of Japan.
    • 1995, Khoon Choy Lee, Japan: Between Myth and Reality, page 181,
      Behind the trading company and the bank are the financially interconnected companies known as zaikai, many of which descended from pre-war zaibatsu oligopolists. The modern zaikai has remained every bit as strong as its zaibatsu predecessors, achieving this result by linking companies (through interlocking directorships and equity by participation) whose operations comprehend most of the major areas of Japanese industrial activity.
    • 1996, Raghubir Dayal, Peter Zachariah, Kireet Rajpal, Organisation Theory and Behaviour, page 111,
      In exchange for the continued support of the zaikai, which expresses the consensus of big business and acts as a large pipeline supplying the capital necessary for LDP activities, the LDP has made the utmost effort to reflect the designs of big business in its policy-making.
    • 1999, Atsuko Abe, Japan and the European Union: Domestic Politics and Transnational Relations, page 40,
      Whereas elitist models include the big business circles, or zaikai, as one of the inseparable power elite, pluralists emphasize their relative independence of the political and administrative elite.
    • 1999, Gerald L. Curtis, The Logic of Japanese Politics: Leaders, Institutions, and the Limits of Change, page 52,
      The leaders of Keidanren[Federation of Economic Organizations] traditionally have comprised the core of the zaikai, which literally means the "financial world" but is a term used more broadly to refer to financial and business community's power elite. In Japan's popular culture, in the fifties and sixties especially, the head of Keidanren, the "prime minister of the zaikai," and other zaikai leaders had the power to make or break prime ministers and to exert a commanding influence over economic policy.

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