Police in Osaka said Tuesday that Universal Studios Japan has filed charges against three university students for allegedly interfering with the operation of the park, following a series of high-spirited stunts last year.
The three students, who attend Kobe University, Doshisha University and Kansai Gaidai University, are accused of repeatedly causing rides to be stopped by performing antics for the attention of other park-goers on multiple occasions from March 2012 until earlier this year. Among other high jinx, NTV reported, the boys jumped out of moving boat rides and deliberately capsized two-man rowing boats, prompting park staff to intervene. They also stood up during roller coaster rides. They then uploaded photos and descriptions of their pranks to Twitter.
On July 10, the park's operators filed charges with police, citing forcible obstruction of business. According to Osaka prefectural police, USJ also requested the boys be punished by their universities.
During questioning, the three told officers that they had performed their antics for attention and were attempting to show off in front of the other park patrons.
The students have been banned from entering the theme park.© Japan Today