Toyota taps non-Japanese to help oversee structural overhaul

Business / Corporate Mar 3, 2016

Toyota taps non-Japanese to help oversee structural overhaul

Toyota Motor Corp. is handing non-Japanese executives major promotions in the third overhaul of its complex business structure in six years, as President Akio Toyoda seeks ways to make the world's largest automaker more nimble. Didier Leroy, appointed to the highest rank for a non-Japanese ...

Hamp case gave oxycodone a bad name, say doctors

National / Science & Health Jul 14, 2015

Hamp case gave oxycodone a bad name, say doctors

by Tomoko Otake

The high-profile arrest of former Toyota Motor Corp. executive Julie Hamp last month over importing oxycodone might fuel prejudice in Japan against the narcotic painkillers and other strong pain-relieving drugs, experts fear. Hamp, the automaker's first female managing officer, was released by police without charge ...

National / Science & Health Jul 14, 2015

Explaining Japan's tough drug rules

by Tomoko Otake

Some medications available through prescription or over the counter in the U.S. are prohibited in Japan and cannot be brought into the country. Heroin, cocaine, MDMA, opium, cannabis and stimulant drugs, including some prescription medications such as Adderall, are prohibited. There are no exceptions in bringing ...

Business Jun 27, 2015

Toyota's drug problem, and Japan's

by William Pesek

Toyota has a drug problem. The company and CEO Akio Toyoda are dealing with the fallout from a bizarre case surrounding his newly promoted head of global public relations, Julie Hamp. It all started on June 18, when Hamp, an American who moved to Japan ...