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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
Nov 24, 2019
Al Hilal blanks Urawa Reds again to win Asian Champions League
Twice previously in the last 12 years — in 2007 and 2017 — Urawa Reds took to the Saitama Stadium pitch backed by a screaming wall of red-clad supporters, stood tall against West Asian opposition and ended the night as continental champions.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Nov 23, 2019
FC Tokyo earns draw with Bellmare, falls one point behind Marinos in title chase
A home team playing in front of a friendly crowd for the first time in three months, hoping to win its first-ever league title.
Japan Times
SOCCER / From the Spot
Nov 20, 2019
JFA takes leap with new women's pro league
Eight years ago, Japan won the FIFA Women's World Cup and earned its place among women's soccer's elite nations.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / J. LEAGUE NOTEBOOK
Nov 13, 2019
Vissel Kobe's David Villa wants to end career on New Year's Day
In a Wednesday news conference occasionally interrupted by tears, Vissel Kobe striker David Villa announced his decision to retire after the end of the current J. League season.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / J. LEAGUE NOTEBOOK
Oct 30, 2019
No intercontinental title shot for Levain Cup winner Frontale
After mostly exorcising their reputation as "silver collectors" by claiming two straight J. League first division titles, Kawasaki Frontale have at last fully shed that reputation by claiming the Levain Cup in their fifth attempt.
Japan Times
SOCCER / From the Spot
Oct 16, 2019
Japanese clubs chase elusive Tokyo cachet
A controversial decision by J. League second-division side Machida Zelvia to rebrand as FC Machida Tokyo has dominated water-cooler discussions in the Japanese soccer world this week.
Japan Times
Rugby
Oct 13, 2019
Post-typhoon Japan-Scotland match gets green light
After postponing an early morning decision until 10:30 a.m., Rugby World Cup organizers on Sunday announced that a climactic Pool A clash between Japan and Scotland will take place as scheduled at International Stadium Yokohama.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Oct 10, 2019
Samurai Blue rout Mongolia 6-0 in 2022 World Cup qualifier
In the sumo ring, wrestlers from Mongolia rule the roost against their Japanese opponents.
Japan Times
BASKETBALL / NBA
Oct 7, 2019
NBA faces backlash after ceding ground to China over pro-Hong Kong tweets
The NBA found itself in the middle of a firestorm Monday — facing criticism from both Beijing and U.S. lawmakers — for its reaction to a tweet by the Houston Rockets’ general manager backing ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Oct 2, 2019
Episode 24: What does Brexit mean for Japan?
The UK's Brexit deadline to leave the European Union is on Oct. 31. Assuming it goes ahead, what does it mean for Japan if the UK leaves the EU?
Japan Times
SOCCER / From the Spot
Oct 2, 2019
Keisuke Honda risks cheapening legacy
Even in the prime of Keisuke Honda's career, there have been few in the Japanese soccer community who could claim to have a good understanding of what was going on in the mind of the enigmatic midfielder.
Japan Times
SOCCER / From the Spot
Sep 25, 2019
Rugby World Cup scores try with Japanese soccer media
Last weekend saw packed crowds take over Ajinomoto Stadium and Nissan Stadium, two of the J. League's biggest venues, for pageantry-filled days of sport.
Japan Times
SOCCER / From the Spot
Sep 18, 2019
Thai star drives J. League's popularity abroad
After seven years of hard work, the J. League's vaunted "Asian Strategy" has resulted in some significant successes.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Sep 14, 2019
Two first-half goals propel Frontale past Jubilo
Two teams winless in their last six games stepped onto the Todoroki Stadium pitch needing a win for very different reasons.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / J. LEAGUE NOTEBOOK
Sep 11, 2019
Mixed results from VAR's Levain Cup debut
The video assistant referee (VAR) has made its J. League debut, but there's still much to be done before the system is ready for the big time.
Japan Times
SOCCER / From the Spot
Sep 4, 2019
Moriyasu relies heavily on overseas players
The Samurai Blue are coming from increasingly far away.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Aug 31, 2019
Theerathon notches first J. League goal in Marinos victory over Gamba
For Yokohama F. Marinos defender Theerathon, a season and a half was long enough of a wait.
Japan Times
SOCCER / From the Spot
Aug 28, 2019
Fernando Torres retires with positive J. League legacy
After a night of pomp and circumstance, Fernando Torres' professional career came to a close on Friday as he played his last game wearing the neon blue and pink of Sagan Tosu.
Japan Times
SOCCER / From the Spot
Aug 21, 2019
FC Tokyo preparing to embark on grueling stretch of matches away from home stadium
Japanese media have called it "the road of death."
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Aug 17, 2019
FC Tokyo falls to Sanfrecce in last home match before long stretch of away fixtures
The homestand is over.

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