Toyota Executive Arrested in Japan on Drug-Offense Suspicion

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Julie Hamp
Toyota Motor Corp. Chief Communications Officer Julie Hamp. Source: Toyota Motor Corp. via Bloomberg

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Chief Communications Officer Julie Hamp was arrested in Japan on suspicion of violating the country’s drug laws, a police spokesman said.

Hamp, 55, was arrested Thursday, the Metropolitan Police Department spokesman said by phone, asking not to be named in accordance with its policy. She is suspected of importing the pain medication oxycodone, another Tokyo police official said.

Toyota is cooperating with the investigation, spokesman Itsuki Kurosu said in an e-mailed statement. “We are confident, however, that once the investigation is complete, it will be revealed that there was no intention on Ms. Hamp’s part to violate any law.”

Toyota made Hamp its first female managing officer in April, after she served as chief of communications for the automaker’s North America region. She joined the company in June 2012 from PepsiCo Inc., where she was a senior vice president, and worked previously for General Motors Corp.

Oxycodone is designated as a narcotic in Japan and users need advance permission from the health and welfare ministry before bringing it into the country, according to the website of the Narcotics Control Department.

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