Definition of sogo shosha in English:

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sogo shosha

Pronunciation: /ˌsəʊɡəʊ ˈʃəʊʃə/

noun (plural same)

A very large Japanese company that trades internationally in a wide range of goods and services.
Example sentences
  • All cheddar and shredded cheese were sold through these sogo shosha, although some other types of cheese were sold outside these structures.
  • Japan's huge trading companies, the sogo shosha, are impressive, and therefore well known internationally.
  • These sogo shosha are a unique type of business enterprise that is seen only in Japan.


Japanese, from sōgō 'comprehensive' + shōsha 'mercantile society'.

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