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The Mishima Zaibatsu logo

Mishima Zaibatsu (三島財閥?) roughly translated as Mishima Financial Group (MFG) is a giant multinational conglomerate in the Tekken universe. Originally founded by Jinpachi Mishima, it 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.[1] Jinpachi lost the company to his son, who staged a coup d'etat when Kazuya was 5 years old. Heihachi Mishima gave the company the name it has today, Mishima Zaibatsu, and financially built-up and ran the company for nearly 40 years, except for two brief interims. During this time the company 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.

In Tekken 5, Jinpachi Mishima regained control of the Mishima Zaibatsu due to Heihachi's absence. However, Jinpachi was defeated by his great-grandson, Jin Kazama, during The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5, 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 and then declare independence and war against the entire world in an attempt to get rid of the Devil blood within him and to "save" the world in the process. Jin would fail in removing the gene, however, but the war would still rage on across the globe with G Corporation having become the Zaibatsu's strongest adversary. After Jin's disappearance, Heihachi was able to reclaim the Zaibatsu during the events of Tekken 7, but the world would still remain engulfed in war.

Ownership

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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 are five changes of ownership known:

  • 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.

Relationships

  • G Corporation - Rival company and a sworn enemy of the MFG. 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 retaliated by sending an army of self-destructing Jack-4s to attack Heihachi along with 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 became the strongest contender for the MFG's plans for world domination.
  • 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 Zaiabtsu buildings and later, in Tekken 7, were the receipient of Zaibatsu attacks when Heihachi ordered Tekken Force to retrieve Jin's body from their facilities.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shadaloo - Their enemy and rival organization in Street Fighter X Tekken (alternate continuity that is part of the ‘’Namco X Capcom’’series).

Employees

Tekken employees

Tekken 2 employees

Tekken 3 employees

Tekken 4 employees

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

Tekken 5 employees

Tekken 6 employees

Tekken 7 employees

  • Heihachi Mishima - Head of the Mishima Zaibatsu, deceased
  • Kuma II - Tekken Force officer
  • Nina Williams (formerly)
  • Claudio Serafino (formerly)

Tekken: The Motion Picture employees

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

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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.
  • 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 have started out studying supernatural beings as a means to go deeper to the Devil Gene and being more or less just and have since gradually become twisted, power-hungry and self-righteous versions of themselves except Jin Kazama, while he may be questionable with his methods, he has a much more noble reason behind his goals then that Heihachi and Kazuya.
  • 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.[2]
  • 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 Zaibatsu 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.
  • 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 vase 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 where 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.

References

  1. ^ Tekken 7 Story Mode, Chapter 4
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXxRi37mWQ0
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