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The Steve Jobs Ninja Star Story: Fact or Fiction?

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Steve Jobs by day, iNinja by night?

A rather funny story about Steve Jobs hit the Internet last week, and caught the attention of mainstream media.

Bloomberg's account of the story is that Japanese magazine SPA! reported in its latest issue that, on a family vacation to Kyoto, Steve Jobs bought ninja throwing stars, known locally as shuriken, and attempted to bring them on his private jet.

Air safety officials supposedly disallowed Jobs from carrying the shuriken home with him, to which Jobs protested with the logic that it would not make sense for him to use these weapons to hijack his own plane. He then allegedly said that he would never visit Japan again.

Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said that the report was inaccurate.

“Steve did visit Japan this summer for a vacation in Kyoto, but the incidents described at the airport are pure fiction,” said Dowling. “Steve had a great time and hopes to visit Japan again soon.”

However, Bloomberg cites Takeshi Uno, a spokesman at Kansai airport, as confirming that a passenger using a private jet was stopped at the end of July for carrying ninja throwing stars along with other handheld blades. Even though the passenger was flying on a private jet, the airport's regulations don't have separate rules for the different aircraft. Also a part of airport regulations is privacy, which means that this passenger could not be publically identified.

So maybe that's why Apple is looking for metal engineers.

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    mi1ez , 20 September 2010 01:45
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    flaminggerbil , 20 September 2010 04:12
    Not allowed to take dangerous objects on your own plane, interesting..

    Ol' Jobsey is blatently jumping about with his new gear pretending to be a ninja at home.
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    stecman , 20 September 2010 04:19
    Maybe Steve's looking for more direct ways of competing with Bill...
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    Anonymous , 20 September 2010 19:33
    IF journo not paying attention at briefing
    THEN killing strike with Shuriken to centre of ForeHead
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    tinnerdxp , 21 September 2010 18:52
    Steve said "leave us alone" though to a small girl poking him with Nexus one :) 
    The little girl has been reported "missing" since her last contact with Steve.
    FFS - "Steve" this, "Steve" that... seems like he is "a nice guy" after all -