Apple has denied a report by Bloomberg that its boss Steve Jobs was caught with ninja stars - known in Japan as ‘shuriken' or ‘sword hidden in the hand' - at a Japanese airport in July.
Bloomberg relayed the story from Japan's SPA! Magazine, which claimed a security scan had detected the weapons on Jobs' carry-on luggage.
Jobs was reportedly attempting to board his private jet and was so upset at his loss that he vowed never to return to Japan.
Apple quickly issued a clarification to the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital blog, claiming that the ninja star element of the story was incorrect.
"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," Apple said.
A Kansai International Airport official reportedly told Bloomberg that someone boarding a private jet at the airport in July had been stopped with ninja stars.
The passenger threw the ninja stars away, the official was reported as saying.