Yamaha warns ‘don’t hide in our musical instrument cases’ after Ghosn escape

January 15, 2020, 11:06 | Updated: January 15, 2020, 11:35

Reports claim that former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn fled Japan hiding in a double bass case.


People are being warned not to hide in musical instrument cases, following reports of Carlos Ghosn’s mysterious ‘escape’ from Japan.

Yamaha is urging people not to sneak into musical instrument cases, after reports that former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn fled Japan hiding in a double bass case.

The Japanese company, which produces musical instruments and audio equipment ranging from double basses to PA systems, tweeted: “We won’t mention the reason, but there have been many tweets about climbing inside large musical instrument cases.

“A warning after any unfortunate accident would be too late, so we ask everyone not to try it.”

Ghosn was in Tokyo under house arrest when it was reported that he had been smuggled out of the country to Lebanon, of which he is a citizen.

The former Nissan and Renault boss, who had been accused of financial misconduct and was facing criminal charges in Japan, said in a statement that he fled to “escape injustice and political persecution”.

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Carlos Ghosn was pictured leaving prison disguised as a worker in March 2019

Carlos Ghosn was photographed leaving prison disguised as a worker in March 2019.


A popular theory surrounding Ghosn’s escape is that a “paramilitary group” entered his home on December 29 disguised as musicians hired to perform at a dinner party. According to MTV LebanonGhosn escaped with the musicians, hiding in a 6ft double bass case, and was flown to Istanbul in a private plane.

Corn MTV’The report, which got a lot of attention on social media, is now believed to be inaccurate. Mr. Ghosn’s wife, Carole, said Reuters news agency that the reports of the double bass escape were “fiction”.

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The exact circumstances of the ex-CEO’s escape are still uncertain. Japanese broadcaster reports NHK say CCTV footage showed Ghosn leaving his home on the afternoon of December 29 and heading to a local hotel, where he joined two men.

According to NHK, the three men boarded a train for Osaka and checked into a hotel near Kansai International Airport. Two hours later, the men were seen leaving with two large containers. Mr Ghosn was nowhere to be found – the assumption being that he was inside one of the containers.

the wall street journal reported that Ghosn “took a bullet train” from Tokyo to Osaka, before being loaded into a large briefcase of audio equipment on a flight to Turkey.

At a press conference last week, Ghosn declined to say how he managed to leave Japan.

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