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Dan Orlowitz
Dan Orlowitz is a sports writer for the Japan Times, focusing primarily on the J. League, Samurai Blue, and everything there is to print about Japanese soccer. A Philadelphia native and graduate of Simon's Rock College, he moved to Japan at the end of 2006 and fell in love with the beautiful game from behind the FC Tokyo goal. His words, photos, voice, and occasionally visage have appeared online, in print, and over the airwaves for numerous outlets in several languages since 2011.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / From the Spot
Nov 3, 2020
Voice of long-running fan podcast gets call-up for Levain Cup final
Ben Maxwell, founder of 'The J-Talk Podcast,' will be behind the microphone for the English-language broadcast of Saturday's clash between Reysol and Tokyo.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Nov 1, 2020
Japanese soccer legend Kengo Nakamura to retire
After his miraculous comeback from an ACL injury sustained last year, the former J. League MVP will hang up his boots at 40.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Oct 31, 2020
Birthday boy Kengo Nakamura sends Kawasaki past Tokyo
Both Kawasaki Frontale and FC Tokyo had plenty of tricks on Saturday night, but it was league-leading Frontale who left Todoroki Stadium with a treat.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Oct 24, 2020
Marinos overwhelm Tokyo with four-goal second half
A largely uneventful first half led to fireworks in the second at Ajinomoto Stadium on Saturday, with Junior Santos scoring twice in quick succession to break open the floodgates in Yokohama F. Marinos’ 4-0 win over FC Tokyo.
Japan Times
SOCCER / WE LEAGUE
Oct 15, 2020
Japan women’s pro soccer WE League reveals 11 clubs for first season
The first WE League campaign will include seven J. League-affiliated clubs intended to give the new professional women's soccer league a solid foundation of support.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / J. LEAGUE NOTEBOOK
Oct 9, 2020
Vegalta threatened by poor finances and fan anger
The Tohoku side announced earlier this week that an expected $6 million in losses this year will plunge the club into insolvency.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Oct 2, 2020
Japan's ACL clubs will likely field split squads for J1 finale
The final round of the J. League’s first division will take place on Dec. 19 despite overlapping with the final of the Asian Champions League, J. League officials said on Friday.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Sep 26, 2020
Yokohama FC beats Urawa through Yusuke Matsuo brace
On Wednesday, a trio of aging superstars headlined Yokohama FC’s starting eleven in a valiant defeat against league-leading Kawasaki Frontale.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / J. LEAGUE NOTEBOOK
Sep 25, 2020
Soccer world hails 'King Kazu' after J1 appearance at age of 53
There may have been plenty to talk about on Wednesday as the J. League first division rounded the corner into the second half of its tumultuous season, but the only story that mattered was evergreen Kazuyoshi Miura’s first time stepping onto a J1 pitch since 2007.
Japan Times
SUMO
Sep 24, 2020
A quiet day at the basho: Sumo wrestles on, without the crowd's loud roar
Even sumo's notoriously loyal fan base seems rattled by the risk of infection in a closed arena, despite the Kokugikan's anti-coronavirus measures, which includes reducing the number of tickets being sold.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / From the Spot
Sep 18, 2020
J. League risks paying price for Asian Champions League rescheduling
The Asian Football Confederation has thrown Japanese soccer into disarray by repeatedly rescheduling the continental tournament.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Sep 9, 2020
Late Taichi Hara goal seals Tokyo comeback over Yokohama FC
After first-half goals by Yuya Minagawa and Kyosuke Tagawa, it was a stunning late effort by Taichi Hara that had fans clapping at Ajinomoto Stadium on Wednesday as FC Tokyo fought from behind to a 2-1 win over Yokohama FC.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Sep 5, 2020
Kaoru Mitoma scores twice as Frontale dismantles Marinos
When it rains, it pours — something Kawasaki Frontale was all too eager to prove in their 3-1 dismantling of Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday night in a Kanagawa Derby clash at Nissan Stadium.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Sep 2, 2020
Vegalta transfers women's team to title sponsor Mynavi
Vegalta Sendai will transfer ownership of its women’s side to sponsor Mynavi, the J. League club announced Monday, in a decision intended to protect the future of both teams in the wake of the economic impact of the coronavirus.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Aug 29, 2020
Frontale smashes S-Pulse as Kengo Nakamura scores in return
Kawasaki Frontale fans arrived at Todoroki Stadium on Saturday hoping not only to see their team rebound after their first loss of the season, but also to welcome back a club legend after a long recovery from injury.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Aug 28, 2020
Borussia Dortmund reaffirms commitment to Japan with 'virtual tour'
The German club devised a series of online events with local fans and stakeholders this month after the coronavirus pandemic scuttled plans for a summer tour of Asia.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Aug 25, 2020
J. League and DAZN extend domestic broadcast deal through 2028 season
The agreement will see the value of the current contract, which began in 2017, rise to $2.1 billion.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Aug 21, 2020
J. League cancels match between Bellmare, Sagan
The league made the decision in light of Tosu's coronavirus-imposed lockdown leaving its players unable to prepare for the fixture at BMW Stadium on Aug. 29.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Aug 15, 2020
Tokyo protects Leandro goal to beat Nagoya in Sei Muroya's last game
FC Tokyo right back Sei Muroya may be bound for Germany, but he made sure not to make manager Kenta Hasegawa regret sending him out for one last shift.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / J. LEAGUE NOTEBOOK
Aug 14, 2020
Criticism builds over Sagan Tosu’s handling of coronavirus cluster
While President Minoru Takehara said the cluster “could have happened at any club,” media outlets have raised concern over Sagan's handling of the outbreak.

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