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USJ draws record visitors, Disney parks see slight drop in FY 2016

2017.04.04 | Osaka

Osaka's Universal Studios Japan is crowded with visitors in this file photo taken March 16, 2017. The amusement park drew a record number of visitors for the third consecutive year in fiscal 2016, its operator said April 3, 2017. (Kyodo)

Universal Studios Japan drew a record number of visitors for the third consecutive year in fiscal 2016, helped by anniversary events, while two Disney amusement parks near Tokyo saw their visitor numbers edge down due to unfavorable weather, operators said Monday.

Universal Studios Japan in Osaka marked a 5.0 percent rise from the previous year to 14.6 million for the year that ended last Friday as it held special events to mark its 15th anniversary, USJ Co. said.

Its attraction featuring manga characters from weekly comic magazine "Shonen Jump," published by Shueisha Inc., also contributed to the rise by drawing more male visitors, the operator said.

The combined number of visitors to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, meanwhile, declined 0.6 percent to 30 million, Oriental Land Co. said in a preliminary report. The operator cited last summer's bad weather, including several typhoons.

==Kyodo

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