In a Hollywood ending for Okinawa, the operator of Universal Studios Japan said on March 18 that it plans to open its second theme park on the southern island.
Glenn Gumpel, chairman and CEO of USJ Co., declined to go into details about when the park would open, but said it would be smaller in scale than Universal Studios Japan and would have a central theme different from the movie theme of the Osaka park.
The Okinawa prefectural government had been lobbying for a theme park operated by USJ to open in the southern prefecture.
The central government had also pledged to support the Okinawa prefectural government's effort as part of an overall program of economic development.
In February last year, USJ sources said the company intends to develop a new site either domestically or abroad since its current Osaka park, opened in 2001, is unable to expand due to being surrounded by factories and other buildings.
Speculation arose that areas being considered were in the Tohoku region or the Kyushu region, including Okinawa Prefecture, along with overseas sites including Taipei in Taiwan, Jakarta in Indonesia and Mumbai in India.