Jeff Kingston befuddled by narcotics

Japan Times keeps running with Ms Hemp, now quoting our second-favourite academic, Jeff Kingston, on his views on elite bread-heads employed by the old-boy network:

Hamp’s treatment by the police and local media “sends a chilling message to other foreign managers who might be considering a posting to Japan.”

As I said in the comments there, surely “who might be considering posting narcotics to Japan.”

Also, a bonus in the comments, Steve Jackson suggests Ms Hemp was driven to drugs by the Toyota board. :facepalm: 


  1. She may have been driven to drugs in a Toyota…

  2. Ken on another phone

    Just found Jake Adelstein’s take on this, and it’s even worse! Let me post more tonight.

  3. Not sure if you are referring to the article I just read, but holy shit the comments are ridiculous, even for The Japan Times. And he makes a point about the Japanese prosecutor withholding evidence in a former drug-related case, but a quick google suggests that in Japan they have no legal responsibility to do so (I presume because it is the defence’s responsibility to come up with the defence under the Japanese system…).

  4. Ken on another phone

    @Taurus: Yup, the stupid is strong on the comments thread, but have you noticed that Jake votes up a lot of the more bonkers comments?

  5. KT88 (unblockable overhead)

    wot? no one links any more. This place way too cryptic for me

  6. @KT88 (unblockable overhead):

    Ask and ye shall receive:


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