Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
Pain killers indeed.
[excerpts with unpolished translation]
No one is interested in whether the president of Toyota believes his subordinate. But the incident in which a Toyota managing director, suspect Julie Hamp, was arrested on June 18 for alleged violations of the drug control law has already given rise to adverse effects such as focusing attention on the drug itself, sometimes called "hillbilly heroin."
"It's worth a try if it has the same effect as heroin."
"I asked a friend who is in Hawaii, and he said it feels like one more step will lead to addiction."
Although suspect Hamp has denied having any criminal intent, the parcel sent on an international flight to her Tokyo hotel was labeled necklaces but concealed ...a total of 57 tablets. Common sense would tell anyone that the only possible interpretation is that this was a smuggling attempt, and the extreme effort made to obtain the drug gives the strong impression that Hamp was subject to "the lure of the drug."
Recently there has been an epidemic of drug use of "get around the law" drugs that can be enjoyed within the bounds of the law. Legal drug use at the start can lead to people seeking illegal drugs at the end. The pharmaceutical oxycodone is used to suppress severe pain and is widely prescribed in the United States, therefore it is much more accessible than stimulants. When questioned, Tokyo's drug shops say that "individual underground importers are stocking up."
"It is dangerous to inhale the powder that gives a sensation similar to injected stimulants, it becomes addictive when used regularly, and there is much attention on it overseas "(drug shop owner)
Oxy addiction relief supplements are actually even being sold in the US, things are so bad. Suspect Hamp said that she got the pills for pain in her knees, but even if she did not have any drug purpose, there is a possibility that the has already become dependent on the drug because she has it without a prescription.
Toyota's centerpiece of human resources policy was the appointment of this female officer, and now they are eager to put out the fire. Going forward, we can expect a powerful lawyer to defend her, claiming Hamp did not commit a criminal act. But we should also engage in discourse about the adverse social impact of new attention being drawn to a drug that is called "hillbilly heroin."
Question: Why did Toyota allow the hiring of someone whose alleged acts have raised awareness in Japan of the lure of a drug that could kill many people, like it does in the US, and could harm countless others?
at 5:45 PM
Sunday, June 28, 2015
トヨタ女性役員逮捕 警視庁、大企業相手に「例外なし」毅然捜査 偽装輸送で違法性疑う
Toyota female officer arrested: police say "no exceptions" for big companies
Vigorous investigation Criminal intent is suspected on basis of disguised package
Yahoo news headlines Sunday 28 June
[here is a rushed translation of the quotes and interesting sentences. The rest of the article text just repeats the background facts. These police are not PR pros--are they??--but here it is for the record.]
"We arrested her because we had reasons to. We are not acting recklessly."
A senior police official said this a few days after Julie Hamp was arrested on the 18th.
From the time of her arrest, suspect Hamp has denied that she "thought she imported drugs." However, according to a senior police officer, "She sent [the drugs] disguised as necklaces. It is probable that she had an intent to break the law."
The package that suspect Hamp imported suggests that she had criminal intent.
Senior police officer: "This case had a clear need for an arrest. It would not be overlooked because the person is an executive of a large corporation." A senior investigator emphasizes: "The necessary searches are all being done." Customs inspector: "We inspect anyone's packages when they are suspicious. This time it happened to be a Toyota officer."
In Japan and the United States, oxycodone cannot be used without a doctor's prescription. In the U.S., widespread use among young people is becoming a social problem. Attorney Sakae Komori, who is knowledgeable about drug problems, says "This is a person with a social standing, even if she is a foreigner. It is hard to believe that she did not know anything at all about the social problem of its abuse in the U.S. or about its status as a controlled substance in Japan."
The view is becoming widespread that the start of the investigation was fixed "after considerable discussion." The arrest was two days after the shareholders meeting and the raids were conducted in the afternoon when they are usually done in the morning. The police appear to be aware and concerned about the impact on the shareholders meeting and the share price.
Professor Osamu Watanabe of Konan University Law School, who specializes in the Code of Criminal Procedure, says "if there is an initial presumption that that there is a low risk of interference with the investigation from the suspect's disappearance, it is a legitimate investigation technique to adjust the arrest based on compromise with the social life of the suspect."
The Metropolitan Police Department is carefully examining the reasons that the tablets were hidden in the small box and the history of drug use by suspect Hamp.
at 4:44 PM
Saturday, June 27, 2015
juazeiro2156さん on Yahoo! chiebukuro forum:
Will Toyota's future sales be impacted by the arrest of its American officer for suspected drugs in Japan?
1. A smart answer
wada_shinichirovさん: The responsibility is the individual's, not the corporation's. It will be like a lizard's tail cut off.
...A lizard blog describes a lovely methaphor (whoops, metaphor...): "Many lizards have the ability to discard all or part of their tails. This is called autotomy. Special muscles cause the tail to part from the body and continue to wriggle. This defense strategy can save a lizard's life. When the tail is discarded, or cut off by a predator it will wriggle wildly. This often distracts a predator allowing the lizard to make an escape. The fortunate survivor will begin to regenerate a new tail, although it will never by as long or useful as the original. You can tell if a lizard's tail has been regenerated. It is patternless and obvious. Most lizards can lose and regrow their tails over and over. But, regrowing a tail uses lots of energy. It can result in slower growth of young lizards and can result in fewer or no egg production in females until their energy stores are rebuilt.
2. A mysterious answer
mixigroupcoさん. This manufacturer is already drugged, so this affair will win them popularity behind the scenes.
[what could this mean?]
at 9:21 PM
some more whys...
"If convicted, Hamp could face years in prison followed by deportation. There are two parts of this story which signal that Hamp is probably in for a rough ride: very bad, [i.e. no proof of criminal intent] and very, very, very bad [i.e. criminal indictment and conviction]..."If police suspicions are investigated and verified, and the evidence shows that Hamp intentionally hid the pills in a way as to make it less likely that customs would find them, there’s very little defense she could mount. In order to know to hide the pills and to refrain from declaring them on the customs label, she would have had to have known that they were illegal in Japan. And that’s criminal intent....Now this goes from an “oopsie” with potential embarrassing and costly consequences for Hamp personally, and for Toyota, to a planned criminal enterprise....Regardless of if this was an “oopsie” or not, given that Hamp’s role is as head of public relations and marketing, she could not have chosen a worse way to fail at her job."
Question: Why would Julie take such a risk? She probably understood the delicacy of her high position and that making even one serious mistake would cause her downfall.
at 12:00 PM
Friday, June 26, 2015
"Luxury hotel" breakfast
This blog post (below) may help explain why Julie has apparently changed positions over the past week. The day after her arrest, the Police PR first quoted her as saying "I did not think I was importing drugs" and "I will say nothing without a lawyer present." Now we have heard her being quoted in the leaks every day this week. She's now talking. What a spokesperson. So succinct.
One observer noted that she is "confessing."
There have been reports that the police handed Julie over to the custody of the prosecutors. So it is not completely clear that the vicissitudes of life in police detention also apply to prosecutor detention. However, the government forces seem to be winning and Julie seems to be losing. That's the bottom line.
You have very few rights"Everything that occurs from the moment you first meet the police to conviction in court is designed to ensure that the state wins and you lose. Your “rights” as they are conventionally accepted in the west simply are not a high priority. A good example here is the lack of an attorney during the lengthy interrogation periods with police."
..."The meals are all Japanese and are of poor quality. The average daily caloric intake is around 1800 kcal or a bit higher if you have money in your account to order a proper lunch box on the days that is allowed. There are no such things as snacks or drinks at the police station detention centers however this changes once you are moved to the regional detention center, this transfer indicating you are absolutely being prosecuted.
Plan to lose weight, almost all foreigners do, up to 5 kilograms within the first week and 15 within 6 weeks.
Bathing is done once every 5 days as a group with your cell mates and it too is Japanese style. You are watched by an officer while bathing.
Visitors are allowed during the weekdays however if you plan to speak a language other than Japanese, an interpreter must be present at your expense. During all visitations except those of your lawyer or your embassy an officer will be present transcribing what is being said. At the police stations these visits are a maximum of 10 minutes and can be shorter if they are busy."
at 6:27 PM
I got on the phone to Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Public Relations Department. First words from the person in charge of magazines: 'There's nothing new to tell.' The only thing is that a correction came in to the effect that the parcel addressed to suspect Hamp was an air courier package, not international mail. There is no need for an import declaration on international mail, but an air courier packages requires one.
警視庁広報課に電話している。 雑誌担当者の第一声は「新たにお伝えできることはありません」。 ハンプ容疑者宛の荷物は国際郵便ではなく、航空小口急送貨物(SP貨物)だったと訂正が入ったことだけだ。国際郵便が輸入申告が必要ないのに対して、SP貨物は「輸入申告が必要」の話しだけ。
at 6:13 PM
The Tokyo District Court.
- 2015/6/26 13:28
The Tokyo District Court extended suspect Julie Hamp's detention for 10 more days, from June 29 through July 8.
at 8:23 AM
Possession of a Drug Controlled Substance without a Prescription
iStock_000002932932SmallPrescription drugs, although considered a controlled substance, are not your typical street drugs. Even though certain controlled substances are safe and have legal and thereputic uses, possessing them without a valid prescription can be a felony.
-Possession of Prescription Drug Charge
If you are in possession of a prescription drug and don’t have a valid prescription in your own name to show a police officer, you may be charged with this crime.
Common prescription drugs include: Demerol, Dilaudid, Hydrocodone, Vicodin, OxyContin, Methadone, Xanax, and Valium.
If you are found with any of the above drugs on your possession, you could face serious criminal penalties. Also, because this crime can be a felony if the prescription drug is a narcotic, such as Vicodin, you could also lose the right to vote, own a firearm, or other serious life consequences.
-Possession of Prescription Drug Penalties
If you are found in possession of a Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 drug, such as OxyContin or Dilaudid, you could be faced with the following penalties:
Possession of 1,000 grams or more is a felony and can result in a life sentence.
Possession between 450 – 1000 grams is a 30-year felony.
Possession between 50 – 450 grams is a 20-year felony.
Possession of less than 50 grams is a 4-year felony.
at 7:29 AM
Mainichi English news
An American executive at Toyota Motor Corp. arrested on suspicion of importing tablets into Japan containing oxycodone has told investigators she had the drug sent to her in the past as well, it has been learned.
at 7:07 AM
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Investigators play checkers with Julie.
Who will win?
[see my summary translation below]
トヨタ女性役員逮捕 麻薬オキシコドン錠剤「自分に処方されたものではない」 ハンプ容疑者
トヨタ女性役員逮捕 麻薬オキシコドン錠剤「自分に処方されたものではない」 ハンプ容疑者
"Sankei Shimbun reported today, Thursday, June 25, that suspect Julie Hamp, Toyota's female Managing Officer, admitted the narcotic oxycodone tablets "were not prescribed for me," according to investigative officials. The investigators are seeking to learn whether Hamp's father sent narcotics that were prescribed for him."
..."Hamp claims that she imported the drugs 'for alleviating knee pain,' but has also testified that she 'did not think she was importing drugs.' Although oxycodone is sometimes prescribed as an analgesic, investigators have found that suspect Hamp does not have any health condition requiring this medication."
39 pills were placed at the very bottom, then covered with a piece of vinyl.
18 more pills were concealed inside as shown.
(from Mainichi Shimbun)
at 1:24 PM
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The Toyota Managing Officer suspected of smuggling drugs is reported to have testified that "'I had it sent to me by an acquaintance.'"
"In the investigation so far, Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has found that the parcel was shipped by an individual in Michigan via Kentucky to Japan. The police department is considering dispatching investigators to the US for the purpose of determining the shipping origin and use."
Although Akio Toyoda expressed his belief that that there was no intent to violate the law, PR professionals have pointed out that even if suspect Hamp did not break the law, she will be problematic as the PR chief of a global company.
at 2:31 PM
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Toyota's HQ in Tokyo--
raided along with the Toyota City HQ
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has raided Toyota headquarters.
The raids were carried out on April 23 in relation to the alleged smuggling of 57 drug tablets by suspect Julie Hamp, a Toyota Managing Officer, after her arrest last week. The tablets were said to have been sent to her from the United States.
The police raided both the Toyota City headquarters and also Tokyo headquarters in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo.
[intriguingly, the video caption says "and other places" were also raided, without specifying what places.][Asahi Shimbun reports that three places were raided, but doesn't name the third place.]
Reuters also reports, also with today's new police leak:
Hamp told police she brought the drugs into Japan to treat pain in her knees, Kyodo News reported earlier on Tuesday.
Asahi Shimbun reports today that Julie is sticking to her denial of the charges.
at 5:58 PM
In a piece that suggests that people think Julie Hamp may have been framed or her arrest arranged by outsiders with malicious intent toward her or toward Toyota, Japan's weekly Nikkan Gendai reports that the industry is rife with rumors about the identity of the person who "stabbed" Toyota's "drugs" female executive.
The headline teases, but this piece does not reveal the names of suspected enemies, or much other news about the case.
1. In another small leak, the police have said that they have testimony that Julie was aware in advance that the package was due to arrive.
2. A US-based journalist was quoted anonymously as saying that Julie's fast rise within GM must have made her a lot of enemies, and that she must have been under extreme amounts of pressure.
at 3:15 PM
Julie's gone dark.
Why did Akio need to hire Julie? The public reason is to give a Toyota a better public face. But there may be other reasons. Let's connect some dots. This is merely speculation...
Julie was hired in 2012, just during the final stages of Toyota's negotiations with the DOJ over the company's admitted wire fraud, and when they must have been discussing the terms of its deferred prosecution agreement. The terms of the DPA specify that Toyota may not engage in any crimes and that they must voluntarily disclose knowledge of safety defects. As I understand it, the DPA covers acts within the United States. That deal was finished and announced in March, 2013.
Consider the timing of Julie's hiring in 2012 and the timing of her elevation to officer status and move to Japan in 2014. She was becoming the face of Toyota. Having arrived from the outside, she did not know anything of the company's inside story of the true causes and cover-up of SUA.
At the same time, consider the elevation of TMS general counsel Chris Reynolds to Japan, where a new position of global general counsel was created for him (as reported in Corporate Counsel magazine.) I presume he knew the whole inside story about the SUA defects, and he is widely regarded as being Toyota's prime legal strategist and defender.
But now he is safe and the company is safer because his main office is in Japan.
If Akio's intent was to wipe the PR and legal slate clean, then he could get rid of those who were most involved, by having many of them retire and having people move to Japan. This allows him to work with a PR and legal team who are relatively unburdened by ethical dilemmas.
But either Julie herself or someone else has screwed it all up. I am pretty sure that despite the public backing she got from Akio, which was necessary to fill up the scandal coverage with Toyota-positive statements, in the end she cannot survive this debacle and her career at Toyota is over, even if she is ultimately exonerated. (That is unlikely, as Japanese prosecutors have a 99% conviction rate, and the police know how to extract confessions from a very high percentage of detainees...) If she is taken out as I expect, Toyota may be forced to employ a PR chief who actually knows what has gone on and what is still going on behind the scenes with ongoing unadmitted safety defects, and whose statements in response to crashes, lawsuits, and investigations might therefore carry a higher risk to the individual and also to the company if they are subsequently revealed as deliberate misrepresentations.
Addendum. This brings to mind the way that the Japanese company Olympus seems to have used a high-profile foreign executive, Michael Woodward, as its "face" during a period when the company had a lot to hide. Fortunately for him and unfortunately for the executives who were eventually prosecuted in Japan, he had been given the legal powers to uncover the company's fraud. And he had the moral integrity to make that public. I would hope that Toyota's new foreign executives will be able to follow in his footsteps...but somehow, I doubt that they will.
To be continued...next time, continuing with my personal version of the "Five Whys"
at 2:15 PM
Sunday, June 21, 2015
In re rumors: Some anonymous Japanese rumors about the background to the Julie Hamp oxycodone scandal
Detention cells in a Tokyo police station.
Interrogation room (mock-up for movie, presumed accurate...)
Court house and prosecutor's office in Kasumigaseki , central Tokyo.
(I don't know if this is the place where Julie was taken in the police van on Friday,
but at least one other foreign prisoner ("George") was taken here.)
So far, there are no reports of additional leaks from the investigators. It is Sunday, after all, and the senior people may have had the day off...
Meanwhile, there is some commentary emerging, spiced with conspiracy theories about what is really going on behind the scenes, the motives of the police in making the arrest, and so forth.
I am deluged today with translations related to other crimes, so I can't translate all of this article, but let me summarize some of its key points. I don't endorse them, am just conveying them. The anonymous sources from the government and from the industry appear to be in positions to spread rumors and opinions:
- In the background is the U.S. - Japan stress and strain over the recent issuance of special shares by Toyota, which were widely criticized.
- Details are reported about the hidden tablets: of the 57 tablets, 39 tablets were laid on the bottom of the box, 13 tablets placed in a pendant case, and 5 tablets were found in a paper bag. [pretty obviously intentional, eh?]
- Julie is to be tested for drug use with a urine sample [Toyota factory workers, rejoice that at least the police are doing what Toyota itself may have failed to do]
- Arrest motive: Either suspect Hamp was really an addict, or there are whispers that the motive was harassment of Toyota by the US government that did not permit the cover-up of this affair [...really??]
- Even though one would think Toyota's huge political power in Japan would enable this affair to be quashed, the US pressure behind the scenes did not allow that.
- The US and Japanese police are close and friendly ("a honeymoon relationship") and there are aspects of their work that are beyond the influence of the government.
- The only act that was considerate of Toyota was that the arrest was made only on the day after the shareholders' meeting.
- There is an immeasurably huge shock from the scandal caused by this first foreign female executive.
The Twitter feed from "Hamp" in Japanese includes a couple individual comments that Julie may have grounds to sue Toyota, but she ought to do it in the U.S. I presume the tweet writers mean that Toyota appears to have been negligent in not fully briefing Julie about Japanese law.
Another commentator observed that he would not be surprised if clever US lawyers have not already been scheming to sue Toyota on behalf of the entire United States[!]
[repeat: I am not endorsing these views, I am just a translator...]
at 10:58 AM
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Good god oxycodone is f*cking awesome, haha
Posted by: Geneity ("self-proclaimed advocate")
Posted November 25 2008 - 05:54 PM
"I had tried 60mg's worth a few months ago. I started by taking 15mg's. I felt pretty stimulated but quite good, and then I snorted another 15mg about 2 hours later and started to feel all warm and fuzzy and ridiculously good. Started to nod a little too.
Well I went to the dentist to get 2 wisdom teeth pulled recently and got 8 Percocets (the bastards, lol). 5/325's. Sure it's not the best form of oxycodone but I took 4 of them yesterday and found the familiar opiated feeling to be intensely pleasurable. It's just fantastic. But after like 2 hours it started to get even stronger. I compared oxycodone's euphoria to straight d-amphetamine euphoria. They're both quite strong but I found yesterday that oxycodone is even stronger. After a few hours (like 1.5-2) it started to get really intense. Intense is really the best word to describe it. The body high never really got past a feeling of electricity but the euphoria was just like raping the living shit shit out of my dopamine receptors. Haha. It was amazing =(
It's super obvious why it's so addictive. Because it's completely awesome. Unlike amphetamine I have no motivation to stop. Because when you're really tweaking it's hard to eat and impossible to sleep and you're just crazy. It can get pretty distressing and annoying sometimes but oxy is just like 4 hours of fun and then it kind of goes away. But you start to fiend not long after the plateau starts to fade. Terrible. This will have to be something I save for occasion.
It's crazy they prescribe this to people."
[I am so far removed from drugs that I had never even heard of this drug until Julie allegedly tried to smuggle some into Japan. So I am finding out what it is and why the police got so excited.]
at 7:10 PM
An oxy pill.
My free translation:
"Suspect Hamp left and entered Japan multiple times after being appointed a Toyota officer
...Police investigators have learned that Julie Hamp, suspected of smuggling narcotic oxycodone tablets, has repeatedly entered and left Japan since her April 1 appointment as a Managing Officer at Toyota. She re-entered Japan just prior to her arrest.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Organized Crime Section 5 is currently investigating the circumstances of Hamp sending the pills in an international courier package instead of bringing in the drugs on her person while she repeatedly entered the country."
Chunichi shimbun reports:
"The investigating police unit is also progressing in its analysis of the records of email communications sent and received from suspect Hamp's personal computer, which was seized at the hotel where she was staying."
at 4:16 PM