Japan’s economy may suffer unless visiting executives such as Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs can more easily jet in and out of the country by private aircraft, said a Japanese business aviation group. Jobs vowed never to return to Japan after he was forced to ditch ninja throwing stars found in his luggage on his way to boarding his private jet at Kansai International Airport, Japan’s SPA! magazine reported this week, citing unidentified airport officials. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said the incidents described in SPA didn’t take place. “Complaints from private jet passengers do happen fairly frequently,” Kazunobu Sato, vice chairman of the Japan Business Aviation Association, said in an interview yesterday in Tokyo. “The strength of Japanese businesses will slowly decline if business jet use doesn’t increase.” [Bloomberg]
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