The Brothers

Lesley Downer

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Synopsis: The epic, untold story of the men behind Japan's greatest business dynasty, and their rise from obscurity to extreme wealth and power, The Brothers recounts the public and private lives of the Tsutsumi family, who are to Japan what the Rockefellers or the Gettys are to the West.

From Booklist: The saga of Japan's Tsutsumi family is the stuff of a classic Akira Kurosawa movie epic. It is the story of bitter rivalry between half brothers who together own one-sixth of Japan's most valuable and limited resource--land. Seiji is the rebel son and novelist-poet who heads Seibu Department Stores, the pricey, ultrachic chain that makes up Japan's largest retail group. Yoshiaki is the illegitimate but favored son who inherited most of his father's wealth and is now considered the world's richest man, with a global empire of hotels, ski resorts, and golf courses known as the Seibu Group. Downer, who has covered Japan for various publications and wrote the historical travelogue On the Narrow Road: Journey into a Lost Japan (1989), which became a BBC documentary, tells how the patriarch Yasujiro accumulated vast riches and power by speculating on land just after World War II. The elder Tsutsumi acquired mistresses and prime ministers alike and became one of the most despised men in Japan. By Japanese standards Downer had unprecedented cooperation from insiders, family members, and the two brothers themselves, though neither spoke with her directly. Much of the Japanese source material she translated herself. The result is a highly informative, fascinating book. David Rouse

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