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    #1

    a sister company / a brother company

    In English, "a sister company" is a company that shares the same owners or parent company with another company, isn't it?
    Don't you say "a brother company" to mean the same thing? (I wondered about this because we say "a brother company" in Japanese.)

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    #2

    Re: a sister company / a brother company

    No. In BrE, the term is always "sister". I don't know why "brother" isn't used.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    #3

    Re: a sister company / a brother company

    Same in AmE.

    Also my city can have a "sister city" in some other country, but there are no "brother cities."

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