ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン( Universal Studios Japan )
Universal Studios Japan (ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン) is a theme park located in Osaka, Japan. Opened on March 31, 2001, it is one of six Universal Studios theme parks worldwide and was the first to open outside the United States. The park is owned and operated by USJ LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of NBCUniversal. The park is similar in layout to Universal Studios Florida and contains selected attractions from both Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood, in addition to a small number of unique attractions.
Over 11 million guests visited the park in its opening year, making it the fastest theme park to reach the 10 million guest milestone at the time. In 2022, USJ hosted 12.3 million visitors, making it the third-most visited theme park in the world behind Magic Kingdom and Disneyland, and the most visited theme park in Asia.
Focus Features is formed
Comcast acquires AT&T Broadband for $44.5 billion2003Universal becomes the first studio with five summer releases breaking the $100 million mark2004GE and Vivendi merge NBC and Universal into NBCUniversal2005Comcast, PBS, Sesame Workshop, & Hit Entertainment forms PBS Kids Sprout, then Comcast & Time Warner Cable acquire Adelphia Cable assets for $17.6 billion2006USA Network begins 13-year streak as #1 cable network in total viewers2007Illumination is founded2010Illumination's Despicable Me premieres2011Vivendi divested in NBCU; Comcast buys 51% of NBCU from GE, turning it into a limited liability company the name "PBS Kids" is dropped out from Sprout (Leaving the name "Sprout")2013Comcast buys GE's remaining 49% of NBCU and PBS sells Sprout to Comcast/NBCU2014Comcast attempts to acquire Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion
NBCUniversal reaches a new long-term deal with WWE2016NBCU acquires DreamWorks Animation2017Sprout relaunches as Universal Kids2018Comcast acquires Sky2020NBCU launches Peacock
In December 1992, Osaka Universal Planning Inc. was established in Minato-ku, Osaka to plan and research for the development and construction of a large-scale theme park in Japan. In February 1996, the master agreement regarding planning, construction and operation of the Universal Studios Japan theme park was concluded with American corporation MCA Inc. Osaka Universal Planning Inc. was also renamed USJ Co., Ltd. Licensing agreements regarding the planning, construction and operation of Universal Studios Japan was concluded with the Universal Group in 1998 and later that year, construction of the theme park officially began. The park opened on March 31, 2001.