Former Toyota exec Julie Hamp released from Japan jail

Article by Andrew Christian, on July 13, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. doesn’t plan on rehiring Julie Hamp who was recently released from custody in Japan after having been arrested last month because of suspicion that she illegally imported oxycodone. No charges were filed. Toyota accepted Hamp’s resignation just last week. Taking over the job left by Hamp as chief communications officer is Senior Managing Officer Shigeru Hayakawa.

According to a Toyota spokesman, Hamp was released by the company without prosecution. He also confirmed that the automaker isn’t considering getting her back to her job as managing officer. However, the spokesman didn’t say if she would work for the company in the U.S. in another role.

According to its statement last July 8, the company said that it has learned from this incident by strengthening its guiding rules of “honoring the language and spirit of the law.” Toyota also said that it wants all its workers around the world to have a “secure working environment.”

Furthermore, the company restated its commitment to have a diverse workforce as it continues to do what’s necessary to “become a truly global company.” Last June 18, Hamp was arrested at a Tokyo hotel for supposedly importing the painkiller.

Only three months before the arrest, Hamp was appointed as the first senior-level female executive in Toyota. This promotion was made under a broader campaign for its workforce to be more of a reflection of the global customer base of the company.

Toyota said that it accepted her resignation after it contemplated on how the arrest had resulted to inconveniences and was a source of concern.

In an earlier report, it was revealed that prosecutors meant to release Hamp without an indictment because they found little criminal intent. Hamp had claimed that a family member sent her some oxycodone pills to treat her knee pain.

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