NBCUniversal owner Comcast announced today that it will pay US$1.5 billion to acquire a 51 percent stake in USJ Co., the holding company that owns and operates Universal Studios Japan.
The deal leaves Universal Studios Singapore as the only Universal-branded theme park not under Comcast ownership. Comcast owns Universal Studios Hollywood and in 2011 bought out former partner Blackstone Group to take total ownership of the Universal Orlando Resort.
USJ Co. had announced plans to build a second, non-Universal-themed park, likely in Okinawa. Universal Parks & Resorts was not involved in that project, but with NBCUniversal owner Comcast now in control of USJ Co., if that park is to proceed, it will happen with Universal as its owner.Tweet
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