Fuyo Group

Fuyo Group (芙蓉グループ, Fuyō Gurūpu) is a Japanese keiretsu descended from the Yasuda zaibatsu, Asano zaibatsu and Okura zaibatsu.[1] They are major business grouping in Japan up to World War II. In 1948, Yasuda was dismantled, with its key financial arm Yasuda Bank becoming Fuji Bank.[2]

The modern Fuyo Group was first developed in the early 1960s around Marubeni and Fuji Bank, paralleling the development of the DKB Group and Sanwa Group. Fuji Bank orchestrated the merger of Marubeni with Takashimaya in 1955 in order to create a strong trading company partner for Fuji's customers.[3] Group presidents began meeting regularly in 1964. Unlike the keiretsu that developed from the Mitsubishi, Mitsui and Sumitomo zaibatsu remnants, the Fuyo Group was intended to be open to other businesses as well as legacy zaibatsu businesses.[2]

Fuji Bank merged with Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank and Industrial Bank of Japan in 2000 to form Mizuho Financial Group. Following the merger, the Fuyo Group became centered on Marubeni, Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance and Yasuda Fire & Marine Insurance (now Sompo Japan).[2]

Fuyo is Japanese for "hibiscus" and is also used as an alternative name for Mount Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan and the namesake for Fuji Bank.[2]



  1. ^ Fuyo Group, the Hibiscus Keiretsu
  2. ^ a b c d 丸山, 隆平 (2011-05-16). "企業グループ研究「芙蓉編」 旧安田財閥とビートルズとの関係って?!". Archived from the original on 22 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  3. ^ Suzuki, Shinichi (2006). The Japanese Main Bank System: A Transaction Cost Approach. ProQuest. pp. 108–109.