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Toyota Exec's Drug Package was Improperly Labeled, Raises Doubts

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/27/2015 Kelly Pleskot

It has been about a week since Toyota's first female senior executive was arrested on suspicion of illegally importing oxycodone to Japan. Although Toyota has backed Hamp through her difficult time, police remain on high alert after learning that the package allegedly sent to her with drugs was labeled "necklaces."

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Police remain suspicious that Hamp may have attempted to hide the drug, according to a report from The Japan Times. The package was sent to Hamp on June 8 from the U.S. and arrived at Tokyo's Narita airport on June 11. It contained a number of small boxes, each filled with accessories and several tablets, reports say.

Travelers to Japan are at risk of being arrested if they don't follow Japan's strict drug enforcement laws. Importing drugs that are common in the U.S. including Sudafed and Adderall is illegal in Japan. Individuals need prior approval to bring in restricted prescription drugs.

Last year, total drug smuggling cases rose 11 percent to 245 in Japan, according to police data. Amid the recent uptick in drug cases, Japan may be trying to send the public a strong message with its arrest of Hamp. "It's either a strong message or there's something else behind the story," Robert Dujarric, a director at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies of Temple University, told the Times.

Toyota Global Communications Chief Julie Hamp© Provided by MotorTrend Toyota Global Communications Chief Julie Hamp

Hamp took her current position as the company's chief communications officer just a few months ago when she moved to Japan. Prior to that job, Hamp led communications for Toyota Motor North America. Prior to her time at Toyota, Hamp worked in similar roles for PepsiCo and General Motors.

Source: The Japan Times

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