Thursday, September 16, 2010

Steve Jobs in Altercation at Japanese Airport? No. Never Happened.

The news was reporting that Steve Jobs was held up at a Japanese airport because he had "Ninja Stars" (Shuriken) in his luggage. The articles claim that Steve Jobs was furious at airport officials who grilled him on why he needed these weapons when he was about to board a plane. The stories claim that Jobs got angry because they insinuated that he might want to hijack an aircraft... Problem is that Jobs came in on his own private jet.

"Why would he hijack his own plane?" was the basic joke of the article.

But now we find out that this is absolutely untrue and this story never happened at all.

As reported in TG Daily:

A Japanese tabloid magazine reported that Steve Jobs ran into a bit of an issue at a local airport while on vacation. But no one really took it seriously until Bloomberg decided it was worth reporting.
SPA! Magazine wrote an eye-catching story about Jobs being held at the airport because officials found ninja throwing stars, known as shuriken, in his luggage. The story goes on to say that Jobs got in an altercation with the security personnel and then stormed onto his private plane, without the ninja gear, shouting he would never return to Japan again.
With the clout of Bloomberg getting behind the story, headlines popped up all over the place suggesting Steve Jobs was some sort of secret covert ninja.
Apple has now officially responded to the media field day, saying in no uncertain terms that Jobs is not a ninja.
An official company statement reads, "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."
It's unfortunate, because Jobs definitely has the build of a ninja and is already used to wearing black. But now we have to wonder if official news outlets in Japan take seriously reports thatOprah had to have secret life-saving surgery

Thanks to NewsonJapan

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