The Mishima Zaibatsu logo

Mishima Zaibatsu (三島財閥?), roughly translated as Mishima Financial Group (MFG),[1] is a giant multinational conglomerate in the Tekken universe.

Originally founded by Jinpachi Mishima, the Mishima Zaibatsu capitalised on the arms industry during World War 2 and grew in power until, after the war, Jinpachi regretted the direction he had taken the company and his part in promoting violence. The Zaibatsu was significantly reduced in size after the war, as Jinpachi focussed instead on growing his dojo.[2] Jinpachi lost the company to his son, who staged a coup when Kazuya was 5 years old. After attempting to retake the company from his son, Jinpachi was imprisoned by Heihachi, and vanished from the business world (this was the same year when Kazumi was killed, and Kazuya then thrown from a cliff). Heihachi Mishima went on to give the company the name it has today, and financially built-up and ran the organization for nearly 40 years, except for two brief interims. During this time, the organization became the biggest developer of military equipment in the world. The companies grouped together in the syndicate include the Mishima Financial Empire, the mercenary group known as Tekken Force, and Mishima Industries. The group also owns at least one school, the Mishima Polytechnical. The Mishima Zaibatsu is the main sponsor of the King of Iron Fist tournaments, the central events of the Tekken video games. In addition to the prize money, ownership of the entire Mishima Zaibatsu is often offered as a prize to the winner of the tournament. Though this is not stated in every game, nearly every successful winner has taken control of the Zaibatsu. In some instances, ownership of the Zaibatsu is only offered to those who are in the Mishima Family.

Story

In the first Tekken game, Kazuya defeated Heihachi in the first King of Iron Fist Tournament, and, after supposedly killing his father, he then took over the Mishima Zaibatsu. During his time asheadof the Zaibatsu, Kazuya increased Heihachi's corrupt practices, expanding the Zaibatsu's military output by buying up and taking over much of Hokkaido for the purpose, kidnapping scientists, trading illegally in animals and conducting experiments on them, alongside other corrupt practices. Two years later, his reign was toppled by Heihachi, who had survived Kazuya's beating, and who then proceeded to throw his son into a volcano after defeating him in a second tournament.

In the following 19 year period, Heihachi further increased the Zaibatsu's cruel practices. He continued to expand the Zaibatsu's military assets, creating the paramilitary group, Tekken Force, and conducted human experiments, whilst creating the illusion of being a global benefactor by sending his Tekken Force to pull media stunts. He secretly using Tekken Force at this time to hunt for Ogre. During this time, and the the period after his main priority was seeking his own longevity and greater power. He initially sought to use Ogre's DNA to increase his lifespan, and, after this failed, instead tried to gain a sample of the Devil Gene for this purpose. In order to achieve these ends, Heihachi awoke the ancient god of fighting, indirectly causing the deaths of, or attacks on, many great fighters (King, Jun, and possibly Lee and Baek), shot his own grandson, raided G Corporation buildings for Devil Gene data, and orchestrated the stealing of reforestation data for use in his own experiments, such as the Devil-Human Integration Program. Heihachi's plans were stalled when G Corporation send a unit of JACKS to kill Kazuya whilst he was fighting Heihachi. Kazuya and Heihachi fought off the JACKs together, but Kazuya escaped, leaving his father to die as the Mishima family temple collapsed on top of him in an explosion. This seemingly killing Heihachi, causing Raven to announce that "Heihachi Mishima is dead".

In Tekken 5, with the absence of Heihachi, Jinpachi Mishima regained control of the Mishima Zaibatsu. Incarcerated beneath Hon-Maru until he starved to death, Jinpachi was reanimated by a demonic spirited and released into the world after Hon-Maru was blown up. Jinpachi announced The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5 in order to find an opponent who would kill him before the demon animating his body could cause untold destruction. Jinpachi was defeated by his great-grandson, Jin Kazama, making Jin the next head of the conglomerate. Jin would then use the vast resources of the Zaibatsu to sow civil unrest throughout the world. He declared the Zaibatsu an independent nation and then waged war against the entire world in an attempt to awaken an ancient demon that he believed could only be defeated by someone with Devil blood. He also believed killing the demon would remove his devil curse, and give common people a chance to topple corrupt corporations and governments. Jin failed to remove his gene and disappeared after defeating Azazel, but the war continued to rage on between the Zaibatsu and Kazuya's G Corporation, which had now become the Zaibatsu's strongest adversary. After Jin's disappearance, Heihachi was able to reclaim the Zaibatsu during the events of Tekken 7. Heihachi sought to win the war and to improve the Zaibatsu's image in the process, trying to paint G Corporation as the real evil by revealing Kazuya's devil form to the world. Public opinion was easily swayed back against the Zaibatsu however, when Kazuya's shot a Mishima Zaibatsu satellite out of orbit and the Zaibatsu was blamed for losing control of their own tech. Heihachi was killed by Kazuya at the end of Tekken 7, making the current owner of the Zaibatsu unknown.

Structure

Mishima Zaibatsu Headquarters

Mishima Zaibatsu Headquarters

The Mishima Zaibatsu Headquarters are in Tokyo, Japan, not far from G Corporation's Millennium Tower. The Zaibatsu HQ consists of a complex of tall glass towers, accessed by vertical glass lift shafts. The Mishima Zaibatsu logo is lit up blue on the front of the largest building. Beneath the HQ is an underground railway network used for cargo and heavy industry. It has a central control room with a large electronic map which can be manipulated, a task which Tekken Force members undertake. The map has a holographic interface, from which security cameras can be viewed, global news broadcasted, and satelittes can be controlled, including the Mishima Zaibatsu's Orbital Laser Satellite.

Other Facilities

Although the Mishima Zaibatsu was originally set up in Japan, it has branches and laboratories across the globe. As far back as fifty years before Tekken 7, the Zaibatsu already had major influence in the United States of America, for example. The Zaibatsu holds significant sway over global media, and has the power to directly broadcast to global television stations from its HQ, as shown a number of times in Tekken 7. Other facilities it has include:

Subsidiaries

See also Mishima Zaibatsu Subsidiaries

The Mishima Zaibatsu is a vast conglomerate encompassing many subsidiary companies and organizations. Notable subsidiaries are:

  • Mishima Industries: An industrial wing of the Mishima Zaibatsu, primarily specialising in weaponry, robotics and other heavy engineering. It has also been responsible for some genetic engineering experiments.
  • Tekken Force: The paramilitary force of the Mishima Zaibatsu, organized as a private army for the purpose of spreading the Mishima Zaibatsu's influence across the globe. A coup within Tekken Force led to nearly half of its members splitting to form the rebel army, Yggdrasil.
  • Mishima Polytechnical School: A school set up and funded by the Mishima Zaibatsu, also used to train Tekken Force members.

Research and Experiments

See also Mishima Zaibatsu Research Projects and Mishima Zaibatsu Experiments

The Mishima Zaibatsu is an enormous business conglomerate, with research interests in many areas. Originally its focus was more arms orientated. Under Kazuya it expanded into genetics. Genetic experimentation was further expanded on by Heihachi after Tekken 2, as well as an increase in military output. Under Jin's leadership, robotics is the most noticeable expanding branch of the Zaibatsu.

Ownership

The Mishima Zaibatsu logo in Tekken 6.

The Mishima Zaibatsu has always been run by a direct descendent of Jinpachi Mishima. The constant change of ownership of the Mishima Zaibatsu is one of the Tekken series' many novelties. To date, there have been four different owners:

  • Tekken 2: 2 years later, Kazuya loses the Zaibatsu back to his father Heihachi.
  • Tekken 3 and Tekken 4: 21 years later, Heihachi remains as the owner.
  • Between Tekken 4 and Tekken 5/Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection: Jinpachi reclaims the Zaibatsu after Heihachi's disappearance.
  • Tekken 5/Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection: Jinpachi loses the Zaibatsu to his great-grandson, Jin Kazama.
  • Tekken 6/Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion: Jin remains as the owner.
  • Tekken 7/Tekken 7: Fated Retribution: Heihachi reclaims the Zaibatsu after Jin's disappearance. Heihachi dies at the end of the game, leaving the current owner unknown.

Members

Tekken Members

Tekken 2 Members

Tekken 3 Members

  • Heihachi Mishima - Head of the Mishima Zaibatsu
  • Emma Kliesen - geneticist (for an unspecified amount of time after TK2)
  • Kuma II - Pet/bodyguard
  • Jin Kazama - attended business trips with Heihachi
  • Steve Fox - test subject; created by the Zaibatsu
  • Nina Williams - test subject

Tekken 4 Members

  • Heihachi Mishima - Head of the Mishima Zaibatsu
  • Dr. Abel - Scientific advisor

Tekken 5 Members

Tekken 6 Members

  • Jin Kazama - Head of the Mishima Zaibatsu
  • Nina Williams - Jin's trusted bodyguard and confidante
  • Eddy Gordo - Tekken Force officer (quits in Christie's Tekken 6 ending)
  • Alisa Bosconovitch - Created by the Zaibatsu; Jin's protector
  • Dr. Bosconovitch - Scientist; Alisa's creator
  • NANCY-MI847J - Created to protect Jin
  • Lars Alexandersson - Tekken Force officer, later starts a rebellion against Jin
  • Tougou - Tekken Force officer, rebelled along with Lars, deceased

Tekken 7 Members

  • Heihachi Mishima - Head of the Mishima Zaibatsu
  • Kuma II - Tekken Force officer
  • Nina Williams - Tekken Force officer

Tekken: The Motion Picture employees (non-canon)

  • Heihachi Mishima - Head of the Mishima Zaibatsu
  • Lee Chaolan - Co-leader
  • Ganryu
  • Anna Williams
  • Bruce Irvin
  • Prototype Jack
  • Alex

Corporate Relationships

  • G Corporation - Rival company and a sworn enemy of the Mishima Zaibatsu. Their rivalry started when Heihachi Mishima used the Tekken Force to raid G Corporation research facilities in order to recover Kazuya Mishima's body before Tekken 4. G Corp then later sent an army of self-destructing Jack-4s to attack Heihachi and Kazuya after the King of Iron Fist Tournament 4. This attack succeeded partly in that Heihachi was thrown into a coma, but he ultimately survived. Later, in Tekken 6, G Corporation openly opposed the Mishima Zaibatsu and are heralded as saviours for declaring war against them.
  • Rochefort Enterprises - One of their trading partners. The MFG took over their oil fields by force in Tekken 6.
  • Manji Clan - The clan robbed the MFG's vault during Tekken 4.
  • Yggdrasil - Lars's rebel army, formed when a major split occured within Tekken Force, prior to the events of Tekken 6. Their main aim is to hold the Zaibatsu and Jin Kazama accountable for their war crimes. They attacked several Zaibatsu buildings and later, in Tekken 7, were the recipient of Zaibatsu attacks when Heihachi ordered Tekken Force to retrieve Jin's body from their facilities.
  • Violet Systems - Lee’s company and the backer of Yggdrasil. Thus, one of the companies who opposes MFG. Lee states that has been backing many who fight the Mishima Zaibatsu.
  • Soviet Union/Russia - Before Tekken, the Soviet military developed the first Jack robots, with a large part of their programming having been done by the MFG. Many years later, Russia, along with the rest of the world, fell into disarray as a result of the civil unrest caused by the MFG's covert operations. The Russian government sends a Special Ops soldier to the sixth tournament to stop the disturbances.
  • Archers of Sirius - The Archers of Sirius reluctantly formed an alliance with Heihachi's Zaibatsu after he beat their leader, Claudio Serafino. Heihachi initially implied that he wished to work with them in order to exorcise Kazuya and Jin of their devils, but it later transpired he only wished to use the Archers for their information network.
  • The Resistance - An armed civilian insurgency formed to take down the Mishima Zaibatsu, led by Hwoarang, Baek Doo San, and Miguel Caballero Rojo
  • Japan - The Zaibatsu's headquarters are located in Japan and its owners have also all been Japanese. However, the Japanese government denies the nationality of the man who financially built up and has been with the company the longest (Heihachi), while two other CEOs have declared independence from Japan entirely (Kazuya and Jin).
  • The United Nations - The UN had sent operatives to monitor the MFG at least as far back as Tekken 4. According to a newspaper headline in the Scenario Campaign prologue, the MFG later took over the UN entirely in Tekken 6. However, in Tekken 6 and Tekken 7, UN troops are still seen working against and trying to apprehend CEO Jin Kazama for his crimes against the world.
  • The Syndicate - the mafia organization known as The Syndicate gained access to top secret files on the Mishima Zaibatsu's human experimentation program. The Zaibatsu also sought to utilize the Syndicate's assassination attempt on Steve Fox in order to cover up their past operations.
  • Poland - Whilst Heihachi was the head of the Mishima Zaibatsu in Tekken 7, his Tekken Force occupied Poland. Prime Minister Lidia Sobieska has requested the Zaibatsu withdraw their forces, but the Zaibatsu has refused.
  • Shadaloo - Their enemy and rival organization in Street Fighter X Tekken (alternate continuity that is a part of the ‘’Namco X Capcom’’series).

Stages related to Mishima Zaibatsu

Gallery

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Trivia

  • In English, the company is sometimes (mainly in Tekken 3) referred to as the Mishima Financial Empire (MFE) instead.
  • The Japanese term 'Zaibatsu' (財閥) refers to "industrial and financial vertically integrated business conglomerates", which rose to prominance particularly in Japan during the first half of the 20th Century. They held significant economic and political control in Japan. They had a family-owned company at the top, a bank and many subsidiaries and other companies beneath them.[3]
  • It is hinted that King and his teacher were politically against the Zaibatsu, as King wears a shirt in Tekken 3 with "Mishima Industries (are) EVIL" written on the back.
  • All current and former owners of the Zaibatsu are related by blood, meaning that only descendants of Jinpachi have been able to win the King of Iron Fist Tournament thus far.
  • It is also worth mentioning that there seems to be a corrupting element to the ownership of Mishima Zaibatsu throughout Tekken media. With the exception of Jinpachi, each succeeding owner of the company has started out studying supernatural beings and has since gradually become twisted and power-hungry.
  • There are other characters involved with the Mishima Zaibatsu besides the Mishima clan. Ganryu worked as a bodyguard for it when both Heihachi and Kazuya were in control. Anna Williams and Bruce Irvin had also worked as bodyguards in the Mishima Zaibatsu for Kazuya before later siding with his G Corporation. Nina Williams and Eddy Gordo were handpicked by Jin when he took over the company.
  • According to Harada, Heihachi built up the Mishima Zaibatsu financially (as stated above) and this is the reason why Jinpachi was riding in a taxi to get to the King of Iron Fist Tournament (as seen in the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 console opening). Jinpachi never had the financial resources in the first place.[4]
  • It is likely that Kazuya also worked for the Mishima Zaibatsu under Heihachi in Tekken 1, since he was being taught advanced Mishima Karate by Heihachi at this time, and also has extensive knowledge of business prior to taking over the Zaibatsu in Tekken 2.
  • Lars joined the Zaibatsu at some point under Heihachi's leadership, since the main aim of him joining was to find out more about his father.
  • Leroy blames Heihachi for the violence that the Mishima Zaibatsu did to his family in New York 50 years ago, even though Jinpachi was head of the Zaibatsu at this time. It is likely therefore that Heihachi had significant power in the Zaibatsu under his father's leadership and that he may have used this power to terrorise others and cause violence, despite Jinpachi's pacifist intentions for the company at this time.
  • Under Jin's leadership, the Zaibatsu logo was changed to match the devil brand on Jin's arm. Whilst the logo is more personal to Jin, it is also much hated by him as a symbol of his devil side. As such, it may reveal his contempt for the Mishima Zaibatsu, and the necessary evil he feels it represents, much like the way he uses his devil side to attack worse evils.
  • An underground cargo railway network runs beneath the Mishima Zaibatsu's Central Tower. It was built by Heihachi Mishima. [5]
  • In Street Fighter X Tekken, The Mishima Zaibatsu (under Jin) is at war with Shadaloo from the Street Fighter series in a battle to gain Pandora's box.
    • In said game, the Mishima Zaibatsu has a different logo that became part of the Tekken series at Tekken 7.
  • In the Titan Comics, The Mishima Zaibatsu has a base that is hidden from the world in the jungle that holds many supernatural elements such as Angel and Cloning technology that was requested by Heihachi himself.
  • In Street Fighter X Tekken, and the Project X Zone, it is implied that if Ingrid’s power were to fall into the hands of the enemies of the Mishima Zaibatsu, she could pose a major threat to their operations, and possibly even Jin in his Devil form.
  • In Twilight Conflict, there is a van in the stage's lower floor belonging to "Mishima Pizza".

See Also

References

  1. ^ Mishima Financial Group was the translation used in the older English manuals of the games. Mishima Zaibatsu is now more often left untranslated.
  2. ^ Tekken 7 Story Mode, Chapter 4
  3. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaibatsu
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXxRi37mWQ0
  5. ^ See Heihachi's Scenario Campaign Dialogues.
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