Apple has denied reports CEO Steve Jobs was caught taking Ninja throwing stars aboard a private plane at a Japanese airport.

Bloomberg first reported the story on Tuesday, citing Japanese magazine SPA, but Apple quickly dismissed the story as fiction.

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

Bloomberg quoted Takeshi Uno, a spokesman at Kansai airport, who confirmed a passenger using a private jet was stopped at the end of July for carrying 'shuriken,' or Ninja throwing stars, along with other handheld blades.

Japanese authorities declined to name the passenger, who reportedly threw away the stars and blades.

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