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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
Aug 13, 2020
Sagan Tosu suspends season after coronavirus cluster within organization
Initial results from Sagan's PCR tests resulted in the J. League's decision to cancel Wednesday night's Levain Cup match between Sagan and Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Aug 12, 2020
Levain Cup match postponed after Tosu members test positive for virus
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SOCCER / J. League
Aug 8, 2020
Frontale wins 8th straight as Kaoru Mitoma scores in 1st J1 start
Kawasaki's defense held Oita to just one shot in a dominant performance at Todoroki Stadium.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / From the Spot
Aug 7, 2020
J. League battles new wave of coronavirus infections
Several players have tested positive for the virus over the last two weeks, forcing multiple fixtures to be postponed.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Aug 1, 2020
Urawa, Shimizu battle to draw
Urawa Reds and Shimizu S-Pulse fought to a 1-1 draw on Saturday night, with defensive miscues leading to both second-half goals in the J. League first-division encounter.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Aug 1, 2020
WE League receives unexpectedly high number of applicants for inaugural season
The announcement is a positive omen for Japan's newly formed professional women's soccer league, which is slated to kick off in September 2021.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Jul 28, 2020
WE League chair plots ambitious, progressive path for women's game
After spearheading the growth of Japanese women's soccer in the 80s, Kikuko Okajima hopes to make the new league a force for social change.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Jul 26, 2020
J1 game postponed after more infections found at Grampus
Nagoya's scheduled match against Sanfrecce Hiroshima was called off after a player and team staff tested positive for the coronavirus.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Jul 20, 2020
J. League extends attendance restrictions as COVID-19 cases rise
The J. League on Monday announced that its attendance caps would remain in place through Aug. 10, reflecting concerns over a rising number of new coronavirus infections in Tokyo and other major metropolitan areas.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Jul 18, 2020
Tokyo ends seven-year winless streak against Urawa
Goals from Diego Oliveira and Adailton gave supporters plenty to applaud in the team's first home game with fans since the J1 resumed play.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / From the Spot
Jul 17, 2020
J. League demonstrates leadership on road to resumption
It’s been less than three weeks since J. League teams played their first “remote matches,” the phrase chosen by the Japan Top League Alliance to represent games held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Jul 11, 2020
Akihiro Ienaga brace drives Frontale past Reysol as fans return to J1
There were no songs or chants.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / J. LEAGUE NOTEBOOK
Jul 10, 2020
Reds newcomer Thomas Deng used hiatus to build rapport with squad
The Australia international had an extra four months to learn Urawa's tactics while the J. League was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Jul 8, 2020
Frontale crushes FC Tokyo with first-half goal rush
The empty stadium was unusual. The lopsided scoreline was not.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Jul 4, 2020
Reds, Marinos battle to draw as J. League's top flight resumes
The J. League’s first division was finally back at Saitama Stadium on Saturday night, even if the fans weren’t.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / From the Spot
Jul 3, 2020
J. League grows audience abroad with English social media channels
The league's English-language efforts have coincided with a push to expand its international broadcasting footprint.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Jun 27, 2020
Verdy, Zelvia battle to draw as J. League resumes without fans
A late Kanya Fujimoto penalty kick canceled out Taiki Hirato's early blast in the Tokyo Classic, which took place in an empty Ajinomoto Stadium.
Japan Times
SOCCER / Women's World Cup / From the Spot
Jun 23, 2020
Japan must build foundation for women's game after withdrawing bid
The Japan Football Association has lost its easy route to building momentum for the sport after dropping out of contention for the 2023 World Cup.
Japan Times
SOCCER / Women's World Cup
Jun 22, 2020
Japan ends bid to host 2023 Women's World Cup, citing Olympic delay
The 37-member FIFA Council will now choose between Colombia and a joint Australia-New Zealand bid on Thursday.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / J. LEAGUE NOTEBOOK
Jun 19, 2020
Emperor's Cup expands to 52 teams after adding J2 and J3 champions
The national cup tournament had previously cut most of its J. League participants in order to allow clubs to focus on completing their seasons.

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