"Theme Park" might as well be Michael Jackson's middle name.

Jackson told reporters he'll team up with a Japanese company to build three sprawling theme parks, complete with golf courses and hotels, and create a new chain of toy stores in Japan and elsewhere."This is going to be one of a kind," he said.

The joint venture - Michael Jackson Japan Co. Ltd. - is still in the process of selecting locations for the parks. Prosperity Enterprise Corp. is Jackson's Japanese partner.

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Birthdays: For Thursday, July 30

Edd "Kookie" Byrnes 65

Singer Paul Anka 57

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger 51

Actress Delta Burke 42

Actor Laurence Fishburne 37

Actress Lisa Kudrow 35