The Brothers: The Hidden World of Japan's Richest Family

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Random House, 1994 - Business & Economics - 418 pages
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The Tsutsumi family is Japan's greatest business dynasty. Like the Rockefellers or Gettys in the West, they have achieved a near-mythic quality. Theirs is the ultimate rags-to-riches story, a drama of cutthroat business intrigue and ties of honor, family rivalry, and the trials of wives and concubines, set against the turbulent background of Japan in the twentieth century. Although the Tsutsumis are constantly in the media spotlight, they have been justifiably secretive about their business dealings and their complex private lives; no one has dared to tell their true story. The Brothers gives the first and only full account of this legendary clan, and in doing so presents a rare insider's perspective on Japan.

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THE BROTHERS: The Hidden World of Japan's Richest Family

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British journalist Downer has bitten off appreciably more than she can chew in this interpretive history of the house of Tsutsumi, one of the wealthiest and least conventional families in conformist ... Read full review

The brothers: the hidden world of Japan's richest family

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A British journalist traces the rise of the Tsutsumi brothers, bitter rivals who together own one-sixth of Japan. Read full review


THE PATRIARCH 1 The Beginning Omi 18891907
Waseda 19071915
Karuizawa 19151923

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About the author (1994)

Lesley Downer is an award-winning author of many books on Japan. She divides her time between London and Tokyo.

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