I can only speak to the US. The distributors will ship uncased but [at least is the case with Chesbro] if it isn't ordered with the case they will not be responsible for any shipping claim that may occur. It would be foolish if Hoshino didn't follow this as well.
Courjan - just because you got a case with yours doesn't mean they gave it to you, you paid for it. It's up to the individual dealer to sell as they wish, if they price the guitar including case, not including case is entirely up to them. The distributor doesn't give away cases on ANY model except with very rare exception, typically special limiteds where the case is part of the "package", ie. 10's, 90's, Y2K's, etc.