- Former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn fled Japan in a stunning escape from Japanese prosecutors.
- Ghosn snuck out of the country inside a large Yamaha musical case intended for a double bass, which evaded airport inspectors due to its size.
- As a result, Yamaha issued a public statement warning people “about climbing inside musical instrument cases.” The company strongly suggests against it.
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When former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn fled house arrest in Japan in late 2019, he did so in a large musical instrument case, made by the Japanese company Yamaha.
The case, according to a lengthy Wall Street Journal report, was so large that inspectors at Osaka’s Kansai International Airport were unable to scan it. As a result, Ghosn snuck himself out of the country and into Lebanon through Turkey just before the New Year.
Yamaha, however, doesn’t want fugitives all over the world sneaking through airport security inside its music cases.
“We won’t mention the reason, but there have been many tweets about climbing inside large musical instrument cases,” the company tweeted recently. “A warning after any unfortunate accident would be too late, so we ask everyone not to try it.”
WSJ has obtained a photo of the audio-equipment case used by Carlos Ghosn to sneak out of Japan. The case has holes drilled in the bottom so Ghosn could breathe. Amazing find by @gauthiervillars https://t.co/XK4sf5x6Dy pic.twitter.com/DcuvsiFXDg
— Mark Maremont (@MarkMaremont) January 4, 2020
The case that Ghosn snuck out of Japan in, seen above, is intended for a double bass — an especially large string instrument used primarily in classical music orchestras.
After getting through Japanese airport security, Ghosn was flown to Istanbul, Turkey, for a short stopover, then continued on to Lebanon where he was able to enter the company legally as a citizen.
In the weeks since, Ghosn held a press conference where he accused Japanese authorities of “injustice and political persecution,” and Lebanese authorities have refused requests from Interpol to extradite the former Nissan CEO, who faces charges of financial wrongdoing and misappropriation of funds.