Toyota's top female executive arrested in Japan resigns

Toyota Executive Resigns Following Drug Arrest

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota says Julie Hamp, who was arrested in Japan last month on suspicion of drug law violations, has resigned as managing officer. She was the most senior female executive ever at the Japanese automaker.

Toyota Motor Corp. issued a statement Wednesday saying it had accepted her resignation, considering the troubles the arrest had caused stakeholders.

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Toyota's top female executive arrested in Japan resigns
This picture taken on April 3, 2015 shows Julie Hamp, 55, Toyota Motor's managing officer and chief communications officer in Nagoya. Hamp, Toyota's highest-ranking female executive was arrested at a Tokyo hotel on June 17 for allegedly importing a painkiller that is illegal under Japan's strict drug laws, reports said. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corp., reacts during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, June 19, 2015. Toyoda said he's confident the company's first female executive, Julie Hamp, didn't intentionally break Japanese law, a day after her arrest for allegedly importing a controlled drug. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Toyota Motors president Akio Toyoda (L) delivers a speech during a press conference following the arrest of the company's managing officer Julie Hamp at their headquarters in Tokyo on June 19, 2015. Japanese investigators were on June 19 questioning a senior female executive of auto giant Toyota after finding controlled drugs in a parcel sent to her from the United States, police said. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
Tokyo, Japan. 19th June, 2015. President Akio Toyoda of Japans Toyota Motor Corp. bows at the end of a news conference at its head office in Tokyo on Friday, June 19, l 2015, following the arrest of its executive Julie Hamp on drug charges. The 55-year-old American, who was appointed to the automaker's top global communications role last year, is accused of allegedly bringing 57 narcotic pills from the United States to the airport in Narita on June 8. She denied the allegations. © Natsuki Sakai/AFLO/Alamy Live News

Hamp, a 55-year-old American and Toyota's newly appointed head of public relations, was arrested June 18 on suspicion of importing oxycodone, a narcotic pain killer, into Japan. The drug is tightly controlled in Japan.

Toyota declined to disclose other details, noting the investigation was still ongoing.

Her appointment in April had been highlighted with much fanfare as a step toward promoting diversity. Toyota reiterated that it remained committed to diversity.

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