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Nick Denton and Eric Schmidt get to live another day!

Got to chuckle at this one: He’s saved the company he co-founded from bankruptcy and engineered one of the biggest business turnarounds ever seen. He disrupted industry after industry with the Mac, iPod and iPhone — and he’s a secret ninja (kinda). A Bloomberg report informs us that Jobs had to go through a security scan at Japan’s Kansai International Airport in July as he was returning home from a family vacation on his own private jet. He was stopped because he had throwing stars in his luggage.

(Ninja jokes aside, these seem the kind of thing you might buy as a gift, or for showing to iPhone engineers before sending them out with a pre-production unit).

“Jobs said it wouldn’t make sense for a person to try to hijack his own plane, according to the report,” Bloomberg writes, citing a Japanese tabloid report. “He then told officials he would never visit Japan again, the magazine reported. Apple declined to comment.”

Takeshi Uno, a spokesman at Kansai airport, said a passenger using a private jet was stopped at the end of July for carrying shuriken. The passenger threw away the blades.

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