Universal Studios Japan, and by extension its Super Nintendo World park, will shut down temporarily beginning April 25. This decision comes as the result of a “substantial business shutdown request to operate with no spectators which was issued under the state of emergency for Osaka prefecture.” In other words, the government asked it to close down, and it is abiding the request. Universal Studios Japan and Super Nintendo World will remain shut down “until the request has been lifted.” The new park had only officially opened its doors last month.
The request for business shutdown comes amid ongoing struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the United States has bounced back in a somewhat extraordinary way, having delivered 200 million vaccinations within 100 days of the current administration, the availability of vaccinations in other regions is spottier. Japan is doing especially poorly, with a 1% rate of vaccination for at least the first shot — easily the worst out of all G7 nations. The reasons are complex and I won’t claim to be any sort of authority on the matter, but it sounds like, as usual, there are supply chain struggles still being ironed out.
In any case, to see Universal Studios Japan and Super Nintendo World shut down indefinitely this month does not bode well for the already massively delayed Summer Olympics in Tokyo.