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Universal Studios Japan sees 10.5 mil. visitors in FY 2013


The number of visitors to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka in fiscal 2013 was roughly 10.5 million, up 7.7 percent from the previous year and the second-highest figure since the movie theme park's first year in fiscal 2001, the park operator said Tuesday.

The popularity of a backward-moving roller coaster which opened in March last year and a family area featuring the characters Snoopy and Hello Kitty contributed to the high number, USJ Co. said.

According to the operator, visitor numbers remain favorable even after the 3-percentage-point consumption tax hike on April 1, the start of fiscal 2014.

USJ hopes to draw more visitors with a new area based on the "Harry Potter" film series scheduled to open in the second half of this year.