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Yamaha warns musicians not to squeeze into instrument cases after Ghosn escape

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Yamaha warns musicians not to squeeze into instrument cases after Ghosn escape

TOKYO, JAPAN —
Yamaha has warned musicians in Japan not to slip into instrument cases to mimic the escape technique allegedly used by former fugitive tycoon Carlos Ghosn.

Ghosn, who faces charges of financial misconduct in Japan, was able to escape the authorities in late December, allegedly smuggling himself aboard a plane inside a box of audio equipment.

The 65-year-old refused to clarify how he left Japan for Lebanon, but that did not stop a number of Internet users from "playing Ghosn", posing in cases usually designed to protect large instruments.

In a photo posted on Twitter, a young woman curled up inside a padded green harp case, while another post appeared to show someone standing in a double bass bag.

The stunts were not done with the Japanese instrument maker Yamaha, however, who seemed cautious warning people against the trend.

"There were a lot of tweets showing people entering big instrument cases," tweeted Yamaha Wind Stream, the company's account for wind instrument information.

"To avoid the possibility of a tragic accident, do not do this … Musical instrument cases and audio equipment are designed to contain musical instruments and audio equipment. Please use them correctly."

Ghosn, arrested on charges of financial misconduct in 2018, paid bail and fled under mysterious circumstances to Lebanon, where he gave a news conference last week.

Wall Street Newspaper reported that he sneaked into a private jet in Osaka in a large audio equipment case, which was later found in the rear of the cabin.

The newspaper quoted unidentified sources close to the investigation in Turkey as saying holes had been drilled in the container to ensure the businessman could breathe.

The report was accompanied by a photo of a large black case that the Wall Street Journal claimed was the one worn by Ghosn.

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