By on January 14, 2020

What’s a motorcycle and snowmobile builder doing talking about fallen Renault/Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn? It isn’t. The headline refers to the other Yamaha, maker of boxes big and small, among other things.

Yamaha Corporation, a company you may remember from music class (or perhaps your high school garage band), has clearly followed the strange and compelling saga of Carlos Ghosn, who escaped from Japanese authorities, at last report, by smuggling himself onto a private jet inside an oversized instrument case. Perhaps even a Yamaha case, as the company seems to be the leading maker of such things.

“We won’t mention the reason, but there have been many tweets about climbing inside large musical instrument cases,” the company tweeted over the weekend. “A warning after any unfortunate accident would be too late, so we ask everyone not to try it.”

Confinement inside any locked case, especially one with tight tolerances and no openings, poses a risk of suffocation, so it’s prudent for Yamaha to issue the warning (knowing all the while that its tweet would go viral). Once upon a time, parents would warn kids not to hide in abandoned refrigerators for the same reason. Those thinks locked once you got in ’em.

Ghosn’s instrument case journey ended well for the former industry titan. Landing in Beirut, Lebanon after switching hired planes in Istanbul, Ghosn’s newfound freedom allowed him to go on the offensive last week against the Japanese judiciary and Nissan executives. The former exec claims Japanese officials and the Nissan hierarchy conspired to oust him from the company on phoney financial charges to avoid closer integration with alliance partner Renault.

Currently, Ghosn and Co. are preparing an onslaught of litigation against his former colleagues. Meanwhile, Japan has issued an arrest warrant for Ghosn and his wife, Carole.

[Source: Reuters] [Image: Frederic Legrand/Shutterstock]

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18 Comments on “Don’t Do What Carlos Ghosn Did: Yamaha...”


  • avatar
    sgeffe

    I’m sure that everyone was breathlessly awaiting for something like that to be said!

  • avatar
    Blackcloud_9

    So…Don’t enclose yourself in a really large music case – bad things can happen. Sounds like advice that really shouldn’t need to be given. Kind of like “Don’t shower with a plugged in blow dryer”
    Reminds me of the time there was a movie about college-age kids. As part of their hazing to get into a fraternity, a couple of the boys had to lie in the middle of a busy street in white underwear – human lane stripes. It was all great fun in the movie. But then a couple of kids tried this in real life…got run over…and died.
    The parents tried to sue the makers of the movie, claiming the scene led their sons to try such a dangerous stunt. I’m sorry, but if you’re too stupid not to realize that lying in the middle of a busy street being a human lane stripe is a REALLY bad idea, then it’s your own [email protected] fault.

  • avatar
    Scoutdude

    The pictures of what was found in the plane are of standard road, roadie, or flight cases as they are called in the industry. They are for holding equipment not instruments.

    Here is a picture of the case Carlos allegedly used to get into the plane. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/14/yamaha-warns-musicians-not-to-climb-in-instrument-cases-after-ghosn-escape.html

    Interestingly it didn’t take long for someone to add a little note to the wikipedia page on Road Case. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road_case

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    “especially one with tight tolerances and no openings”

    Do we know for a fact that it didn’t have any openings? One could drill holes in the bottom, and as long as the case stayed on the casters, people wouldn’t know there were holes. Of course Ghosn would have to lie in the case so that he didn’t cover the holes.

    • 0 avatar
      conundrum

      A report a week ago said holes were drilled in the bottom. At the time I wondered whether a matching set of holes in the top might not be a bad notion. You know, to get some actual airflow. But then, I don’t run a bad ass personal security company.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    Could we have Carlos SHO?

  • avatar
    Guitar man

    “”What’s a motorcycle and snowmobile builder doing talking about fallen Renault/Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn? It isn’t. The headline refers to the other Yamaha, maker of boxes big and small, among other things.””

    They’re the same company Steph, that’s why their logo is a tuning fork.

    • 0 avatar
      conundrum

      Yes, they’re a diverse company. They also own and run marinas and resorts where I’m told the food is fabulous, and you can play golf with Yamaha clubs while mulling over that new design for a Yamaha automotive interior. Relax back in the hotel where Yamaha karaoke equipment is featured, with their audio equipment in each room and internet provided by Yamaha Communications, while on stage world class pianists tinkle away on their pianos. From soup to nuts, Yamaha is there.

    • 0 avatar
      MBella

      I thought so too, but turns out Steph is correct. Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd was spun off in 1955. It’s an independent company. Yamaha Corporation owns less than 10% of the stock.

  • avatar
    redgolf

    Focus Portable Oxygen Concentrator, AirSep – world’s smallest and lightest portable oxygen concentrator ,good for up to 10,0000 feet, battery operated – makes since to me such “smart ” people would have thought about using something like this, after all he wasn’t some poor hobo catching a “free ride”

  • avatar
    redapple

    Yamaha makes great stuff. I ve owned their outboards and snowmobiles. My go to brand.

  • avatar
    Tele Vision

    Best 12-string acoustic I’ve yet played. I couldn’t fit in the flight case it came with, though…

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    I recall when “The Deer Hunter” came out. There were deaths due to people playing Russian Roulette. “Monkey see, Monkey do” is a real thing.

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