Much like the speeding driver who whines that police should be spending their time chasing bigger fish, William Pesek in Bloomberg posts a quite awful defense of Toyota’s newest (and soon to be ex-?) board member.
Japanese authorities could have chosen to confiscate the 57 pills sent to Hamp and schooled her on local regulations.
I’m sure if that had happened, we’d instead have complaints about “one law for the rich and well-connected”.
Instead, they decided to make an example of her in ways that could damage corporate Japan’s efforts to attract foreign talent and diversify its boardrooms.
Perhaps “efforts to attract foreign scofflaws” would be more appropriate here.
The coordinated raids smacked of retribution by the police for Toyoda’s standing by a foreigner over local authorities.
But it’s safe to say the police wouldn’t even have told the media if a male Japanese Toyota executive were allegedly involved in similar lawbreaking.
Japanese law enforcement has never even attempted to arrest officials at Tokyo Electric Power Company for negligent oversight of nuclear reactors at Fukushima, or managers at Takata for selling the company’s faulty airbags.
There are ongoing investigations with Takata (I believe) and various cases against TEPCO have not gone anywhere. Does Mr Pesek believe in due process? Or only for people he does like?
filled with insinuating questions: What medical condition does Hamp have that requires pain medication?
That seems like a perfectly fair question to me; is he reading “Is she a closet junkie?” into it?
Granted, whoever sent the oxycodone did Hamp no favors by appearing to hide it in a jewelry box.
At the time of publishing it had already been revealed that it was her father, and before that the news was saying she had posted it to herself.
Why would other prominent female executives come to Japan if they think a poor personal choice would make them a national scapegoat?
“Scapegoat” seems rather strong, but wouldn’t many countries cover a similar story prominently?
Having said all that, she has achieved sufficient notoriety to be the lead story on this week’s Shukanbunshun.