Apple Denies that Steve Jobs has Vowed to Boycott Japan
Published on: 14th Sep 2010
Note -- this news article is more than a year old.
Apple has denied a report that its CEO, Steve Jobs had vowed never to visit Japan again after a run in with security staff at Kansai International Airport, near Osaka. While waiting to board his private plane, a report by a Japanese magazine claimed that routine security checks found weapons in his carry on luggage.
According to the report, cited by Bloomberg News, the weapons turned out be Ninja throwing stars that he owned, and he was barred from taking them on board the flight as they were considered a security risk.
Jobs said it wouldn't make sense for a person to try to hijack his own plane, according to Japan's SPA! magazine. He then told officials he would never visit Japan again, the magazine reported.
A spokesman for the airport confirmed that an unnamed man was stopped for carrying the blades and he was asked to dispose of them. The airport noted that it does not treat private planes any differently from consumer jets.
Bloomberg News said that Apple had declined to comment on the report.
However, later reports cited a statement from Apple denying that the events ever occurred and that Steve Jobs would be happy to visit the country again.