Tokyo police arrested Toyota’s top communications executive, Julie Hamp, accusing her of violating the country’s drug laws by having oxycodone mailed to her from the United States.
Hamp, who was appointed to the post in earlier this year, was accused of receiving several dozen oxycodone pills at the Narita Airport. Oxycodone is considered a controlled substance in Japan and can only be handled by certain parties.
According to Reuters, Hamp told the police she didn’t know she was importing an illegal substance. Toyota is being publicly supportive of Hamp in a released statement.
“Toyota has been made aware of Ms. Hamp’s arrest, but has no further facts in light of the ongoing investigation by the authorities,” according to the statement. “We are confident, however, that once the investigation is complete, it will be revealed that there was no intention by Ms. Hamp to violate any law.”
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Hamp is among Toyota’s highest ranking female executives as well as part of a new wave of non-Japanese executives at the automaker.
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Before joining Toyota, she was executive vice present and chief communications officer at PepsiCo. Prior to that, Hamp held a variety of communications posts at General Motors for two decades, including vice president at the end of her tenure when she was under consideration for the top communications post at the automaker.
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Hamp joined Toyota Motor North America, Inc. in 2012 as group vice president and chief communications officer. She was promoted to her current position as chief communications officer and a managing officer of the company in April.