Universal Studios Japan(ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン?), located in Osaka, is one of four Universal Studios theme parks, owned and operated by USJ Co., Ltd. with a license from NBCUniversal. The park is similar to the Universal Orlando Resort since it also contains selected attractions from Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood. Most visitors are Japanese tourists and tourists from other Asian countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. In 2005 Goldman Sachs became the largest shareholder in Universal Studios Japan. The park opened on March 31, 2001. Visitors to the park the opening year reached 11 million guests, becoming the world’s fastest amusement park to achieve the 10 million milestone at the time. Since then, Universal Studios Japan has had approximately 8 million visitors every year. Various events were held in the year of 2011 to celebrate their tenth anniversary, resulting in the growth of attendance to 88 million. Annual passport holders marked 700,000 in June of 2012, and fiscal year 2012 almost reached the 10 million mark achieving 9.75 million guests. For fiscal year 2013, Universal Studios Japan achieved the milestone of 10 million guests for the second time since the opening year on March 19th, marking 10.5 million guests. Various factors contributed to this growth in 2013, including the opening of the thrilling, backwards roller coaster “Hollywood Dream - The Ride -Backdrop-” in March, and the “NEW Amazing Adventure of Spider-Man - The Ride 4K3D”in July, which installed the new 4KHD technology, and they proved to be popular amongst the young generation. The family area “Universal Wonderland” which opened in March of 2012 also attracted many families. Recent installments include limited time attractions such as “Bio Hazard - The Real” and “Monster Hunter - The Real,” both based on popular games, and “One Piece Premier Show” which is based on a popular animation, providing attractions based on entertainment worldwide and not only Hollywood movies. On April 18th, 2014, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy were at the park to announce the opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” scheduled for July 15th 2014, an attraction based on the blockbuster movie series “Harry Potter.”  With a total investment of 45 billion yen, this big project is estimated to have an economic riffle effect of 5 trillion 60 million yen over the next 10 years in Japan nationwide, and anticipates many visitors from both Japan and overseas.  Universal Studios Japan greeted its 100 millionth visitor on Monday, October 29, 2012, since its opening in 2001. According to 2013 Theme Index Global Attraction Attendance Report, Universal Studios Japan is ranked ninth among the top 25 amusement/theme parks worldwide, attracting 10.1 million visitors in 2013, which is 4.1% larger than in the previous year.
The Western Area, and with it The Wild Wild Wild West Stunt Show and the Animal Actors show, were revamped to become Land of Oz in 2006. This involved completely re-theming two live shows, one restaurant, and a number of retail facilities.
The Wild Wild Wild West Stunt Show was a live stunt show based upon a wide variety of Universal's Western films. Opening on 31 March 2001, in the Western Town section of the park, the show featured several cowboy-themed actors surviving death-defying stunts, shootings and explosions. The show closed in 2006 and has since been replaced by Wicked.
Motion Picture Magic - When the park first opened in 2001, the attraction 'Motion Picture Magic,' hosted by noted director, Steven Spielberg, occupied the building that currently houses the attraction Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic. The attraction, designed originally by award winning experience designer Bob Rogers (designer) and the design team BRC Imagination Arts, provided a tribute to the Universal Studios brand of motion pictures. During the show, the theater transformed into a multi-screen presentation, and when the show ended, the main screen raised to present a real motion picture set in which the audience would cross through as they continued through the attraction show building.
In November 2004, a 35-year-old woman from Osaka Prefecture suffered nerve damage in her right wrist, affecting the use of two of her fingers. This occurred when her hand got stuck in a safety bar of the ET attraction as an employee pulled it down to secure it.