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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 was eventually lost to his son by staging a coup d'etat. Heihachi Mishima then financially built-up and ran the company for nearly 40 years, except for two brief interims. 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 video games. In addition to the prize money, the winner of the tournament will gain ownership of the entire Mishima Zaibatsu.

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, and Jin then gained control of the Zaibatsu. 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 Gene 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 the 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. They became the strongest resistance to the MFG's plans for world domination in Tekken 6.
  • Rochefort Enterprises - Their trading partner before the MFG took over their oil fields in Tekken 6.
  • Manji Clan - The clan robbed the MFG's vault in Tekken 4.
  • 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 goverment 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; the Japanese government has had to revoke the nationality of nearly every CEO of the company, though.
  • The United Nations - The UN had sent operatives to monitor the MFG at least as far back as Tekken 4. Later, a part of the UN would also get taken over by the MFG in Tekken 6.
  • Shadaloo - Their enemy and rival organization in Street Fighter X Tekken (non-canon).

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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Trivia

  • In English, it is sometimes referred to only 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 Tournaments thus far.
  • 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 hand picked 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.[1]
  • 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.

References

  1. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXxRi37mWQ0

Gallery

See: Mishima Zaibatsu/Gallery