Sounds awfully like UK academia!
UK Academia is certainly worse than that.... small pool of money with whole lots of high IQ personnel, it is as nasty as the politics.
It is interesting how some have forgot the core of communism is workers and farmers. The greedy entrepreneurs and capitalists were only allowed to take advantage of the poor workers so later like now the Gov't can take the wealth from the rich and redistribute to the poor who are the real supporters of the communist regime. The PRC Government simply would not allow capitalists to get rich and powerful enough to challenge the Gov't. Look at all those crack down on bribery and tax evasion in recent years and the money they confiscated. Look at Alibaba and Tencent now. Basically back to state owned enterprises. Plan is simple and clear.
Bartender Edit: Small snip here - let's steer clear of the politics, please.
The Japanese have a completely different mentality that it is hard for us Westerners to understand. Technically speaking, they are one of the most racist countries in the first world (even though they are always very polite....). They also never want to export the best produces overseas. Some of the brands mentioned such as Lewis and Vanson all have collaborations with their Japanese distributors, and as far as I remember, the wife of Derek is Japanese, hence the connections. Both Vanson and Lewis started making the 'slim' versions of their jackets for the Japanese market, that is why it is now an option if you want to look really slim and 'fashionable'. I believe that Vanson and Lewis (and Langlitz) type jackets were made popular in Japan by a manga called 'The Front of Armament', they featured heavily in this biker gangster comic.
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