July 19, 2017
Plan of Universal Studio Japan in Okinawa Potentially Withdrawn
On February 19, the Okinawa Times reported that the company that manages Universal Studios Japan in Osaka is considering cancelling the construction of a new Universal Studios in Okinawa. This is because Comcast, which owns Universal Studios Japan, did not sufficiently budget for construction costs. In a briefing on February 18, Chief Secretary Cabinet Yoshihide Suga said that he had not heard anything about the cancellation and that the government is still supportive of the plan to construct the new Universal Studios.
The first Universal Studios in Japan opened in Osaka in 2001, and it has many movie-themed attractions. It has become one of the most popular sites to visit in Osaka. Unlike the one in Osaka, the Universal Studios planned for Okinawa was going to be a nature-themed park instead of movie-themed.