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The house of Nomura : the inside story of the legendary Japanese financial dynasty
Alletzhauser, Albert J., 1950-
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Arcade Pub., [1990]

Physical Description:
xxiii, 343 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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Central Library HG5774.5 .A45 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

Most now take for granted the preponderance of Japanese goods in the U.S. Many are much less aware of the growing Japanese dominance of the financial marketplace. Nomura Securities is an enormous conglomerate controlling 15 percent of the Tokyo Stock Exchange's volume, dominating the international bond market, and growing into the fifth largest real estate and second largest software firm in Japan. Alletzhauser, a partner in the big British brokerage, James Capel, traces the fascinating history of this financial empire. Given unprecedented access to company insiders and records, he weaves an informative, absorbing tale that is part Shogun and, because of the involvement of the Nomura family, part "Dynasty." Appendixes of Nomura family information, select English and select Japanese bibliographies; index. --David Rouse

Publisher's Weekly Review

Nomura Securities, the Japanese brokerage, dwarfs like American houses in profitability. Tracing how a small Osaka money-changing firm became a dominant force in world finance--surviving bank panics, General Douglas MacArthur's dismemberment of corporate Japan, competitors and internal corruption--Alletzhauser, a stockbroker, points up indigenous or peculiar features of Japan's business world. Payment of hush-money to racketeers who knew too much about financial, political or sexual scandals became an institutionalized feature at Nomura, and to gain tactical control over its labor force night and day, thousands of single men are housed in Nomura's cement-block dormitories. In this colorful company history, the author draws the curtain on a low-profile giant. Photos. 50,000 first printing. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The house of Nomura is one of several large financial conglomerates (or zajbatsu ) which currently influence the Japanese and world business environment. Though Nomura is not a recognizable name in most parts of America, the financial assets controlled by the group are enormous. Alletzhauser, an American stockbroker who spent two years in Tokyo, tells the history of Nomura from its beginning in 1872 through two wars to its present-day stature as one of the most influential financial groups in the world. The story abounds with insights into Japanese society and culture, making it a thoroughly captivating experience for a wide range of readership.-- Joseph Barth, U.S. Military Acad. Lib., West Point, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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