Steve Jobs has vowed never to visit Japan again after being prevented from leaving the country with a set of ninja throwing stars, according to a local magazine. The Apple CEO apparently had a set of shuriken in his carry-on luggage when he was returning from a family vacation by private jet in July, according to SPA magazine …
How does it feel to be subjected to retarded control measures
Expect to see Jobs retaliate in the next few days with the addition of a "no Japanese character sets" clause added to the iOS developer's rules.
Why didn't the twit just put them in his luggage???
You answered your own question
Because he is a narcissistic TWIT!
Business w£$%ers don't do luggage!!
They push the boundaries of hand baggage with their carefully measured wheely cases which they then cram into an entire overhead locker, (take their time over it as well, Mr Burns arms are not good for this) then when they get off the plane they trip you wheeling their very light bag (so light even your little sister could carry it, just not them) up the boarding corridor.
This saves them 5 minutes of crucial circle-jerk-meeting time not waiting at baggage reclaim.
Could it be...
because he was on a private plane, where the distinction between carry-on and hold luggage is presumably less important.
Your average usiness w*nker needs the trolley to wheel their huge egos around, Jobs needs the private jet for his.
Paris, sure I can.
It puts Ballmer's chair-throwing into perspective. I'd rather have a chair hurled at me than a shuriken!
...it's a chair made of KNIVES!!!!!!!!!
Can we have a 'ninja Jobs' icon? Please?
That is all.
Is that the turd you don't see until its too late?
Plebe rules for the masses apply to Jesus CEO's?
Anyone care to wager on the phrase "do you know who I am?" being used?
/Paris because only someone as clueless as her would put throwing stars in their carry-on
Do You Know Who *I* Am?
This is not a game of "Who the fuck are you?", for I am Vader... Darth Vader.
I can kill you with a tray
This one is wet, this one is wet, this one is wet…
Given that you can't take nail scissors through an airport,
how did he think he'd get away with this? Aren't shuriken illegal pretty much everywhere?
So he threw an iPaddy and spat his dummy out?
... rather, prototype iPhones specially localised for the Japanese market.
After all, was it not Naomi Campbell who, when handed a shuriken a while ago, examined it closely before asking "where do I insert the SIM card?"
No big deal
I'm sure he could have snapped his fingers and a lackey would have instantly appeared to Fedex the throwing stars back to the US.
secret intimate knowledge of pressure points...
Better known as Dim Mac - not to be confused with Dimm Sum.
mmmmmm Dimm Sum....
or Dim Mak...
...depending on how you form the english. And it's chinese, not traditional ninjutsu (unless you follow that self styled Ninja, Ashida Kim crap...)
Did mine under Hatsumi, Togakure Ryu...
...and shuriken are not 'death' stars, irritating at most. Unless poisened of course.
AC, I'm sure he knows it's normally 'Mak' in non-kanji, and was making a funny. 'Mac' - Steve Jobs, geddit?
I thought it was Frank Dux who'd introduced Dim Mak into the ninja pantheon, with his brick trick...
As a fellow Bujinkan student, I would say koppo is about as close as you get. Never studied under Soke Hatsumi, but met him twice, absolute gent. You're very lucky to have had the chance to learn from him.
AC as I'm wearing my shinobi shozoku as I type... ;-)
Ahh, I geddit
Yep, missed the "Mac" jibe... :)
Didn't get to train directly under Hatsumi unfortunately, but he is a gent, a real living legend - and quite funny at times too. Did some with Dave Heale back in Guildford.
This precise thing happened to me - but much better outcome...
At Narita. I had bought a small shuriken in Kamakura as a gift for my daughter, who is into such things. packed it up against a stainless steel business card case. Was surprised they found it.
The security folk were impeccably polite, but weren't going to let me through with the thing. I asked "Can I mail it?" She asked for my ticket (!) -- studied it carefully (why?) then said "Yes. Follow, please." Led me to the escalator down into that huge mall under the airport, showed me on a directory where the post office was. Made sure I knew how to get there, and how to get to my gate afterwards. She'd checked the ticket to be sure I had time.
At the post office, they were also impeccably polite; helped me through all the paperwork - net result -- I mailed the shuriken back to USA for <$5.00
I suspect this is a case of Mr Jobs stumbling over his ego. It's deservedly large -- but must be hard to drag around everywhere.
CAL. PEN. CODE § 12020
(a) Any person in this state who does any of the following is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year or in the state prison:
(1) Manufactures or causes to be manufactured, imports into the state, keeps for sale, or offers or exposes for sale, or who gives, lends, or possesses any cane gun or wallet gun, any undetectable firearm, any firearm which is not immediately recognizable as a firearm, any camouflaging firearm container, any ammunition which contains or consists of any flechette dart, any bullet containing or carrying an explosive agent, any ballistic knife, any multiburst trigger activator, any nunchaku, any short-barreled shotgun, any short-barreled rifle, any metal knuckles, any belt buckle knife, any leaded cane, any zip gun, any shuriken, any unconventional pistol, any lipstick case knife, any cane sword, any SHOBI ZUE, any air gauge knife, any writing pen knife, any metal military practice handgrenade or metal replica handgrenade, or any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as a blackjack, slungshot, billy, sandclub, sap, or sandbag
AC: cause don't want to mess with Ninja-Steve
how is a nunchaku a firearm?
Only in the US could you have a gun but not knife.
So you can't even have a slingshot?!
... let alone knives, nunchaku or shuriken ... but they still don't ban guns?!
Wow, American leaders, time to learn about Cognitive Dissonance!
Oh they'll let you have a knife...
In California (most cities, anyhow) it's legal to concealed carry any length of folding blade knife, even those with spring assist opening. And it's one of the few states that allows real switch blades (limited to 2" blades.) In most cities (Not Los Angeles) it's even legal to open carry a sword, or multiple swords. Granted, that probably won't stop the cops from asking what the hell you're doing with a sword, and maybe just confiscating it to be on the safe (and illegal) side.
Blame it on Bruce Lee!
Or possibly the "hero" Turtles!
I assume it was all down to the same 80's/90's "think of the children" ninja film* hysteria that caused them to be banned in the UK as well.
*See it's nothing new, the the subject just changes very few years.
California, our version of the "nanny state"
This is why I don't live in California. Beautiful weather, crazy people. When they outlaw silly things like nunchaku and shuriken what's next? Rocks? Just look up microstamping of ammunition to see how far out of touch that state is with reality.
Why can't he
Just use his iPad to order some off the internet like everyone else does?
Or he could ...
Just sharpen the edge of his iPad and throw that .. its built like a tank so will survive a throw and is even wipe clean.
Because the site uses flash...
He's just embarrassed
During the search they probably found his custom-made Steve Jobs Moe pillow.
Ninja for Dummies
"If the enemy can find and confiscate your throwing stars then you blew it "
- Ninja for Dummies
how is a nunchaku a firearm?
its not and the law the AC is called the dangerous weapon act .
Care to rephrase that so it makes sense?
Story's been debunked, apparently. Can we have an update? Thought not. Congratulations are in order to the Reg, though, for continuing with its successful policy of generating clicks by mining the rich seam of readers who seem hapless in the face of their Freudian relationship of antipathy with Apple and Jobs and will fall over each other to click on anything even vaguely related in order to post a comment about how much they hate (want to have sex with) Jobs.
PS: No, I don't have a Freudian relationship with Apple myself, although I do have one with the idiot segment of the Reg commentardship. I hate (want to have sex with) all of them.
Paris, because Freudian.
if what your saying is true - and I've no reason to suppose not - wouldn't it be an idea to acutally post the proof so the story can be updated?
Mutant Ninja Turtle-neck?
Expect the Apple iStar to be on sale by Christmas.
He should have brought back an AK-47
I * think* most US jurisdictions treat "martial arts weapons" (from nunchaku to shuriken, etc.) a bit like I believe the UK treats firearms: you can carry them to and from the dojo, concealed, and had better be prepared to explain that you teach / train w/ them, etc. That was also true in CA when I lived there, I think, but if you're caught casually walking around Cupertino w/ them, (especially these days when the laws on such things have tightened) I suspect you'd have a lot of "splaining" to do.
Assault weapons in the US though, are not a problem....
"pure fiction" says Apple
"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."
So say All Things Digital.
@""pure fiction" says Apple." You will excuse I am sure if........
........I do not regard a denial from Apple as decisive proof of anything. (Or for that matter from any other large company in the absence of any _independent_ confirmation.)
Wait... something doesn't make sense
As much as Jobs is a jerk, why the hell does he need to go through a security checkpoint to fly on a private jet that he undeniably owns. Since US import law is not a concern of the Japanese security, it's insanely ridiculous that there is any item that they should stop him from bringing on board his own plane.
I think I would be pretty angry too if something like this happened to me. Except maybe I would try to bring on a tiger, a flamethrower and a case of those $300 melons. What's the point of being stupidly rich and not being completely dumb about it?
Its still a public airport champ...
What is to stop someone (read: Would be terrorist), hiring a private jet, walking through carrying weapons, and claiming "Its my jet why cant i take them on?". If they're allowed through what is to stop those weapons being quietly handed over to "colleagues" who are boarding regular flights and thus allowing a terrorist incident.
If he was flying from a private airfield, then it would be a different story but then as they as a general rule do not have security checkpoints and rely on tip offs to catch people smuggling contraband. As this story specifically says he was at a security checkpoint which implies that he was flying from a public airport and so would be mingling with mere mortals in the airport (it takes time to walk to the VIP lounge after all!) before boarding his aircraft...
So good job to Japanese border police - Job well done!
Because airside at any airport is a "sterile area", it's got nothing to do with the aircraft. Ground crew have to go through the same shit before they go airside, even though they're not boarding any plane.
Awww, don't worry, Steve,
you can always make some origami ones...