Exec returns to Toyota as adviser after ’15 arrest in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — An American executive who resigned from Toyota soon after currently being arrested in Japan in 2015 on suspicion of drug regulation violations is back again at the Japanese automaker, the business said Thursday.

Julie Hamp has been employed by Toyota Motor Corp.’s North American operations to support its chief government, Akio Toyoda, and suggest the organization on international management, sustainability, governance and world wide media relations.

She was arrested on suspicion of importing the prescription painkiller oxycodone, which is tightly controlled in Japan, soon after arriving in the state to head Toyota’s community relations in 2015.

Toyota mentioned her return was not a issue due to the fact she was never ever prosecuted.

“Toyota believes the incident in 2015 will not hinder her occupation likely forward,” it stated in response to a question from The Involved Press.

In 2015, prosecutors stated Hamp organized with her father to have 57 oxycodone tablets sent by way of air mail from the U.S. to a Tokyo hotel. They resolved not to pursue rates.

Toyota officers consistently apologized for the arrest, but Toyoda commented how he wished he could have performed more to support Hamp. He also publicly defended her as an essential member of the Toyota staff.

Hamp’s was the to start with higher-profile woman marketing at Japan’s prime automaker. She joined the organization in 2012, overseeing marketing and communications for the Toyota, Lexus and Scion models in the U.S. She earlier worked for PepsiCo Inc. and Typical Motors Co.

In her most recent assignment with Toyota, Hamp will also work on the English model of Toyota’s personal media, Toyota Periods, in accordance to the maker of the Prius hybrid and Lexus luxurious designs.

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