Instrument maker Yamaha has released a statement asking customers not to hide in their instrument cases.
A tweet from Yamaha Wind, the Japanese account that oversees the company’s wind instruments, made the plea, according to the online mimicry of former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.
Ghosn had apparently hid in a suitcase with musical equipment to flee Japan and await trial for high-profile financial crimes.
【【願 い い
理由 理由 に つ て は の 楽 器 イ ー に 人 多 る る こ と に に 関 イ イ イ イ イ ー ー
不幸 不幸 な 事故 起 き す の で 、 さ ん の い で で は 実 際 際 に 、 、 、 、 、 さ さ
– January 11th 2020
Translated from Japanese, the tweet reads: “We don’t mention the reason, but there were many tweets about climbing in large musical instrument cases. A warning after an unfortunate accident would be too late, so we ask everyone not to try.”
Japanese Twitter users had started the trend of posting photos of themselves hidden in instrument cases via a hashtag translated as “Playing Ghosn”.
カ カ ル ロ ス ・ ゴ ン ご っ pic.twitter.com/hBjrb9EeVB
– つ つ ば @ 札幌 札幌 僕 僕 (@r_tsubaki) January 9, 2020
ち び 生 ち ち ゃ … ー ー …………… ー ー ン … ー ー ー pic.twitter.com/Vvcgr
– SANAE HARP @ 3/12 (@HarpSanae) January 7, 2020
今 今 流行 り の ー ン ご っ っ
,こ れ で 見 事 … 査。 # ゴ ゴ ご っ ご pic.twitter.com/ZZf0RdP9bj
– ふ ふ ぴ ぴ (@ fujihiro67) January 13, 2020
Ghosn’s escape from Japan last month made international headlines. The Brazilian-born businessman was arrested in November 2018 and charged with crimes, including sub-disclosure of his salary package, breach of trust, and financial misconduct.
When Ghosn was waiting for the trial last month, he managed to escape from Japan to Lebanon. It is believed that he escaped discovery at Kansai Japan International Airport by hiding in a case for audio devices that were too large for their X-rays.
Ghosn, who had performed in Lebanon on New Year’s Eve, declined to confirm the method of his escape.