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Asano zaibatsu 浅野財閥 was one of the major second tier zaibatsu (conglomerate) in Japan, formed in 1887 by Asano Sōichirō 浅野総一郎 with the support from Shibusawa Eiichi 渋沢栄一, the founder of the Shibusawa zaibatsu 渋沢財閥 and "Father of Japanese capitalism".

Asano zaibatsu
 The statue of the late Mr. Soichiro Asano - panoramio.jpg
Industry: Conglomerate
Founder: Asano Soichiro
Founded: 1884
Disbanded: 1947
Mark: no common mark

HistoryEdit

Asano Sōichirō 浅野総一郎 formed Asano zaibatsu in 1884, purchasing governmental Fukagawa Cement Works with the support from Shibusawa Eiichi 渋沢栄一 of Shibusawa zaibatsu.[1] Because Asano zaibatsu had no bank, it relied upon Shibusawa and Yasuda zaibatsu capital and was only "the 5th-largest" zaibatsu in Japan.[2] But It had 64 companies in 1940,[3] and 94 companies in 1943.[4] It almost monopolized the cement industry in Japan.[5] "Often these companies are controlled through only a minority of shares, domination being accomplished by personal influence, and the manipulation of credit, supplies and outlets."[6] Since 1945 when most zaibatsu were disbanded by Douglas MacArthur in occupied Japan, Asano zaibatsu has spun off many companies.

 
Asano-house in Tokyo
 
The mark of NKK

Member CompaniesEdit

HospitalsEdit

  • Nippon Kokan Hospital or Nihon Kokan Hospital 日本鋼管病院 founded in 1918
  • Asano Hospital 浅野病院 founded in 1919[23]

SchoolsEdit

  • Asano High School 浅野中学校・高等学校 founded in 1920[24]
  • Asano Institute of Technology 浅野工学専門学校 founded in 1925[25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Saito Satoshi 齋藤憲, Kaseguni Oitsuku Binbo Nashi『稼ぐに追いつく貧乏なし』, Toyo Keizai Shinpo Sha 東洋経済新報社、1998, p.29-32. ISBN 4-492-06106-1
  2. ^ Asano-Soichiro in Encyclopædia Britannica website
  3. ^ The Asano Industrial Combine of Japan and its Officers, 1945, p.4.
  4. ^ Nippon Sangyou Keizai Shinbun Newspaper 1943,5,22-1943,6,4
  5. ^ The Asano Industrial Combine of Japan and its Officers
  6. ^ The Asano Industrial Combine of Japan and its Officers, 1945, p.2.
  7. ^ Toa
  8. ^ Oki Electric Industry
  9. ^ Japan Marine United
  10. ^ Japan Carlit
  11. ^ "Soichiro Asano" by Satoshi Saito p.72.
  12. ^ Nippon Yusen
  13. ^ "Soichiro Asano" by Satoshi Saito p.62.
  14. ^ The Asano Industrial Combine of Japan and its Officers, 1945-1946, p.4.
  15. ^ 渡邉恵一『浅野セメントの物流史』立教大学出版会、2005年、p.208-247. ISBN 4-901988-05-0
  16. ^ 渡邉恵一「青梅鉄道の設立と浅野総一郎」『立教経済学研究』立教大学経済学研究会、48巻、3号、1995年、p.187~212.
  17. ^ 渡邉恵一『浅野セメントの物流史』立教大学出版会、2005年、p.206-209. ISBN 4-901988-05-0
  18. ^ Sangi Railway official
  19. ^ 西武鉄道の成立 武蔵野の台地に王国を築いた堤康次郎(前編)
  20. ^ JFE Group Prehistory
  21. ^ Saito Satoshi 齋藤憲, Kaseguni Oitsuku Binbo nashi 稼ぐに追いつく貧乏なし, Toyo Keizai Shinpo Sha 東洋経済新報社, 1998, p.84. ISBN 4-492-06106-1
  22. ^ Sapporo holdinds
  23. ^ Nihon Kokan Hospital history
  24. ^ Asano High School history
  25. ^ Asano Institute of Technology