Without context it might seem like a bit of a random warning but Yamaha is advising people not to try to climb inside musical instrument cases.
The corporation has not named any names but it follows unconfirmed reports former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn fled Japan hidden inside either a speaker box or a double bass case.
“We won’t mention the reason, but there have been many tweets about climbing inside large musical instrument cases.
“A warning after any unfortunate accident would be too late, so we ask everyone not to try it,” the Japanese company said in a post on its Twitter account.
Ghosn, who is accused of hiding earnings, transferring investment losses to Nissan and misappropriating company funds, escaped from Japan at the end of December.
He is now in Lebanon but Japanese authorities have vowed to pursue him and have issued an international wanted notice for him and his wife Carole. He has denied any wrongdoing, and in a news conference last week he decried what he said was persecution in Japan.
The fugitive has declined to reveal how he slipped past Japanese airport security, or confirm media reports that accomplices smuggled him through a private lounge in Kansai Airport in Japan hidden in large speaker box that was too large to fit through the facility’s X-ray scanner.
Earlier reports, which Ghosn has dismissed, said he was carried out of his home in Tokyo in a double bass case.
The reports have led some to tweet photos of themselves or their babies in instrument cases.
Yamaha, which makes instruments and equipment ranging from pianos and double basses to drums and heavy duty speakers, thanked people in a second tweet for liking its first post, which was retweeted more than 50,000 times.
It also reminded followers again that instrument cases are designed for instruments and not people.