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What became of the zaibatsu

The trials and triumphs of being a family business in Japan

Akio Toyoda, center, attends a 2009 handover ceremony in Nagoya in which he took over the presidency of Toyota Motor from Katsuaki Watanabe, left.

TOKYO While the bulk of Asia's corporate behemoths emerged after World War II, many Japanese companies can trace their roots back to family-owned conglomerates that existed before the war.

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