Toyota’s Top Female Executive Resigns

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Toyota’s Top Female Executive Resigns

Toyota’s global public relations director has resigned.

Julie Hamp was arrested two weeks ago for allegedly importing prescription drugs into Japan. She currently remains incarcerated in the country, where the law allows a suspect to be detained for up to 23 days without charges. The Japanese automaker has released a statement concerning Hamp, saying that it has “accepted her resignation after considering the concerns and inconvenience that recent events have caused our stakeholders.”

According to reports, Hamp was arrested on June 18 for importing oxycodin into Japan, where there are extremely strict anti-drug laws. She allegedly placed the drugs inside a jewelry box and shipped it to herself from the U.S.

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Although she has not been formally charged, there is a possibility that if she is prosecuted and found guilty, she could face up to 10 years in jail.

Hamp joined Toyota in 2012 when she was named chief communications officer for North America after holding senior positions at PepsiCo and General Motors.

“I am looking forward to joining the talented communications team at Toyota, a company known for high quality products, best-in-class manufacturing and innovation,” said Hamp at the time of her hiring. “Toyota has a significant presence in North America, employing more than 37,000 people and operating 14 manufacturing plants in the region; and I am excited to take on this role to help contribute to the success of this great company.”

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  • smartacus

    methinks the person who hired her should be demoted at the very least.

  • The sad situation around all of this is the draconian state of Japanese laws. She is hardly a criminal, in fact not at all, (bar the jurassic views of Japan) and can be held without release for practically a month if not more depending. Human rights laws in Japan are severely lacking for all ….. a country still run by old duffers. Voted for by old duffers and with a growing number of old duffers ……… systems won’t change until the duffers have all snuffed it

  • PatriciaRBriggs

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  • Hugh1234

    Well, if she was so clever why she did not research about the drag law in Japan. Japan is one of the most strict country for the drags law. A lot of drags that are sold in U.S. can be illegal drags in Japan without proper prescription by the doctor. But this case seems like she was knew about it but she didn’t ask her doctor to write a prescription. Eventually she let her father to put 57 pills into a jewelry box nice and neat and put several jewelries on the top of them and sent to her hotel in Tokyo. Of course the description of the parcel said just “Jewelries”. Though it was huge mistake as “Jewelries” is subject to duty item so that the officer needed to open the box and check inside for the purpose. Apparently, it was found out without proper prescription attached nor description on the parcel. Her guiltiness is not a drag usage, is illegal import of the regulated drags into Japan. She should have brought her “pain killer” when she fly to Japan or just ask her father to send the drag with proper description. Such a disappointing.

  • BenJarvis

    and yet we continue to embargo cuba 50+ years and counting for comparable human rights issues.

  • BenJarvis

    are you japanese?

  • Hugh1234

    Half correct but half incorrect answer. if you could know the other half that’ll be cool. how may I help you sir?

  • Go cuba !

  • EldoraVThomas

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  • pywaket_1

    What are “drags”?