Softbank's Cyber Keiretsu

It's a top global investor in Internet companies

For most of the postwar era, industrial Japan has organized its way of operating around the keiretsu, large groups of companies doing business with each other. These days, that outmoded industrial model is insular, glacial, and ailing. Yet while no longer yielding big payoffs for Japanese industry, it may be providing inspiration in an unlikely and borderless place: cyberspace.

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