Universal Studios Japan based in Osaka , Japan is one of three Universal Studios theme parks, is owned and operated by USJ Co., Ltd. ( TYO : 2142 ). The park is similar to Universal Orlando Resort , since it contains many of the same rides. Most visitors are Japanese tourists or tourists from other Asian countries as the Republic of China and South Korea .
In 2005, Goldman Sachs became the largest shareholder of Universal Studios Japan. Universal still has a small minority in the park. The park opened on March 31, 2001. 11 million people joined Universal Studios Japan in its first year of operation, the hit faster than any park reached.