AP photo

AP photo

Finally, an official denial:

Apple has denied a Japanese media report that its CEO Steve Jobs was stopped at a local airport with ninja throwing stars in his carry-on luggage and had a heated exchange with security officials.


The tabloid Spa! magazine report Tuesday, widely circulated on the Internet, said an irritated Jobs told airport officials: "I'm hardly planning to hijack my own private jet. What a country. I'm not coming again."


Apple shot down the report saying: "Steve did visit Japan this summer for a vacation in Kyoto, but the incidents described at the airport are pure fiction. Steve had a great time and hopes to visit Japan again soon."

Of course Steve Jobs is not a ninja, or the famous press conferences would consist of everyone entering a brightly lit room where it seems no one could possibly hide, and being slain one by one. This is bad for business, eventually. It’s more likely he’s a Jedi.

On the right: an image of what Steve Jobs might look like as a ninja. (Artist's conception.)

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