One of Canada’s most prestigious violinists is battling the Canada Border Services Agency in Federal Court after he was fined $120,000 for failing to declare nearly half a million dollars in musical instruments.

Yosuke Kawasakiclaims when he was crossing the border into Canada in 2012 the CBSA wrongfully seized his $385,000 violin and three bows worth $90,000, $6,800 and $2,000 each.

 The Japanese-American musician, who was born and trained in New York, is currently concertmaster of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and travels extensively to perform around the world.

 According to court documents filed in Vancouver in December 2013, Yosuke was fined $120,950 plus PST for failing to declare the instruments at the Lansdowne crossing on Dec. 11, 2012. He then paid a $20,000 partial payment for the release of the instruments a few weeks later.

Kawasaki wouldn’t comment when contacted by CBC News, but court document indicate he is asking to have the fine revoked and deposit refunded on the basis that he had the right to import his pricey violin and bows duty free because he entered Canada as a settler, and because of the terms of the Schedule to the Customs Tariff.

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