Don't Do What Carlos Ghosn Did: Yamaha

dont do what carlos ghosn did yamaha

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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  • Tele Vision Tele Vision on Jan 15, 2020

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

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Jan 15, 2020

    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.

  • Inside Looking Out Cadillac now associates with rap music. In the past it was all about rock'n'roll. Rap is environmentally friendlier than rock'n'roll.
  • EBFlex This is nothing compared to what Ford is doing. The fake lightning is seeing massive price increases for 2023. Remember how they self pleasured themselves about the fake lightning starting under $40k? In 2023, the price jumps by a very Tesla like $7,000. And that’s not the biggest price jump. And much less talked about, the government fleet discounts are going away. So for a basic 3.3L Explorer, the price is jumping $8,500. S basic F150 is also now $8,500 more. Im sure the same people that complained about the oil companies making “obscene profits” will say the same thing about Ford.
  • Bobbysirhan Sometimes it seems like GM has accepted that the customers they still have are never going to come to their senses and that there aren't any new dupes on the horizon, so they might as well milk their existing cows harder.
  • Buickman how about LowIQ?
  • Gemcitytm Corey: As a native SW Ohioan, Powel Crosley, Jr. has always been an object of fascination for me. While you're correct that he wanted most of all to build cars, the story of the company he created with his brother Lewis, The Crosley Corporation, is totally fascinating. In the early 20's, Crosley was the nation's leading manufacturer of radio receivers. In the 1930's, working from an idea brought to him by one of his engineers, Crosley pioneered the first refrigerator with shelves in the door (called, of course, the "Shelvador"). He was the first to sell modular steel kitchen cabinets (made for him by Auburn in Connersville). He brought out the "IcyBall" which was a non-electric refrigerator. He also pioneered in radio broadcasting with WLW Radio in Cincinnati (wags said the calls stood for either "Whole Lotta Watts" or "World's Lowest Wages"). WLW was one of the first 50,000 watt AM stations and in 1934, began transmitting with 500,000 watts - the most powerful station in the world, which Mr. Crosley dubbed "The Nation's Station". Crosley was early into TV as well. The reason the Crosley operation died was because Mr. Crosley sold the company in 1945 to the AVCO Corporation, which had no idea how to market consumer goods. Crosley radios and TVs were always built "to a price" and the price was low. But AVCO made the products too cheaply and their styling was a bit off the wall in some cases. The major parts of the Crosley empire died in 1957 when AVCO pulled the plug. For the full story of Crosley, read "Crosley: Two Brothers and a Business Empire That Transformed the Nation" by Rutsy McClure (a grandson of Lewis Crosley), David Stern and Michael A. Banks, Cincinnati: Clerisy Press, ISBN-13: 978-1-57860-291-9.