Due to the cramped site where Universal Studios Japan currently stands, the theme park based on Hollywood movies is now considering other areas both locally and abroad to expand its operations. The park is now situated at the Konohana Ward in Osaka and surrounding factories and buildings are making it difficult for USJ Co., to construct additional facilities.
USJ has already scouted some for or five potential sites. The company looked for a location that would be around the same size as that of the one in Osaka, and is now negotiating with potential business partners. USJ is considering another site in Japan and a source from the company said that, “It will be an area other than the Kansai region (where Universal Studios Japan is currently located) or the Kanto region where Tokyo Disney resort is located.” With these areas out of the running, some are guessing that it could be anywhere in the Tohoku or Kyushu region, including Okinawa.
Since the company also looked at overseas sites, the source noted that the biggest possibility would be “in urban areas (of Asia) that have large populations and rising income levels.” USJ have reportedly checked Taipei in Taiwan, Mumbai in India and Jakarta in Indonesia. Universal Studios currently have four sites including the one in Japan. The other three are located in Orlando, Florida and Hollywood in the United States, and the third site is in Singapore. The company hopes that the addition of the fifth site will help decongest the other parks and build further growth for the company. USJ visitors are expected to reach 10.5 million this year, a number that was reached in 2001 when the park reached 10 million visitors in its first year of operation in the country.
[via Asahi Shimbun]