It didn’t take long for a company in China to seize an opportunity. The tabloid newspaper Yukan Fuji (Dec 28) reports that less than a week after the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, a garment company named Shijie, consigning sales via China’s huge e-shopping site TMall.com (called Taobao in Chinese), was hawking original T-shirts bearing Kim’s image.
Some 20 designs, in a variety of sizes and colors, were reportedly being offered online. A red long-sleeve version, embellished with the English words DEAR LEADER, COMRADE and GENERALISSIMO above an image of the bespectacled Kim with hand extended in a Stalin-like wave, and followed by the words WORLD HERO below, was going for 50 RMB (about 600 Japanese yen). A gray hoodie with the same design was priced at 98 RMB.