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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.
For Dan Orlowitz's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / From the Spot
Apr 12, 2023
Frontale fans' protest shows league's 'superclub' push carries risks
Supporters of the four-time J1 champion raised alarms over what they see as weakening ties between the club and the community that has supported it for more than 25 years.
Japan Times
Figure Skating
Mar 26, 2023
Historic world title haul offers glimpse of Japan's 'post-Hanyu' era
Four days of thrilling and uplifting figure skating at last week's world championships in Saitama saw host Japan assert its position as the sport's dominant nation.
Japan Times
Figure Skating
Mar 25, 2023
Shoma Uno retains men's world title as Ilia Malinin lands quad axel
The Nagoya native held off a spirited challenge from an exciting final group at Saitama Super Arena, giving Japan world titles in three disciplines for the first time in history.
Japan Times
Figure Skating
Mar 25, 2023
Beijing 2022 team skaters remain frustrated at lack of medals
The official results of the event remain in limbo due to the ongoing legal case involving Russian skater Kamina Valieva's infamous December 2021 doping test.
Japan Times
Figure Skating
Mar 24, 2023
Kaori Sakamoto defends world title to end Saitama jinx
Four years after stumbling to disappointment at the same venue in her worlds debut, the Kobe native outlasted South Korea's Lee Hae-in to retain the crown she won in Montpellier.
Japan Times
Figure Skating
Mar 24, 2023
Figure skating fans' passion remains strong at Saitama-hosted worlds
Officials expressed satisfaction toward ticket sales over the first two days of competition, while skaters and media representatives reveled in the atmosphere.
Japan Times
Figure Skating
Mar 24, 2023
'Rikuryu' coach Bruno Marcotte has Olympic hopes after Grand Slam
As they aim for Olympic success, Marcotte hopes that Miura and Kihara’s success will encourage more Japanese skaters and coaches to get involved in the discipline.
Japan Times
Figure Skating
Mar 23, 2023
Shoma Uno leads after short program with Ilia Malinin in hot pursuit
The reigning world champion delighted on the first night of the men's singles competition at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships.
Japan Times
Figure Skating
Mar 23, 2023
Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara take historic pairs gold at figure skating worlds
Skating nearly without error to “Atlas: Two,” the pair earned a score of 141.44 for a combined score of 221.16.
Japan Times
Figure Skating
Mar 22, 2023
One year older and wiser, 'QuadGod' Malinin descends on Saitama
After an impressive 2022 that saw him set records and land the fabled quad axel, anticipation is building as the American prepares to contest the world championships for a second time.
Japan Times
Figure Skating
Mar 22, 2023
Kaori Sakamoto in driver's seat at world championships
The 22-year-old Olympic medalist finished the women's short program in the lead, while Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara positioned themselves well for pairs gold.
Japan Times
Figure Skating
Mar 21, 2023
Pressure on for skaters as championships return to Japan
All eyes will be on current No. 1s Shoma Uno and Kaori Sakamoto, who are aiming to defend their respective world titles in front of home fans at Saitama Super Arena.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Feb 15, 2023
J. League's 30th season brings legacy and future into focus
The 2023 campaign will be a chance for Japanese soccer officials to celebrate three decades of growth as they chart a course for the league going forward.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 5, 2023
The Winter Olympics have a climate problem. Could Sapporo be part of the solution?
Sapporo is touting a study showing that among all past hosts, it will be the most climate resilient as the planet warms. But residents are less than enthusiastic about hosting.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / From the Spot
Jan 10, 2023
Major format changes await J. League in coming seasons
Stakeholders are preparing for a number of seismic shifts that they hope will push the competition and its clubs to even greater heights.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Dec 6, 2022
As Japan exits the World Cup, eyes turn to the team's future
Veterans are set to step back, head coach Hajime Moriyasu's future is uncertain and the country waits to see if the next star player is waiting in the ranks of the J. League.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Dec 6, 2022
Japan's World Cup run ends with shootout heartbreak against Croatia
The Samurai Blue's dreams of reaching their first-ever FIFA World Cup quarterfinals were dashed by the runner-up of the 2018 edition.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Dec 4, 2022
How Japanese soccer evolved to produce world-beating warriors
The Samurai Blue's upset wins over Germany and Spain at the 2022 FIFA World Cup are a result of decades of effort to expand the sport's footprint across the country.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Dec 2, 2022
Japan adds another thrilling chapter to World Cup story with improbable victory over Spain
Japan's win sends the Samurai Blue into the round of 16 as the Group E winner. The team's next challenge is a showdown with Group F runner-up Croatia.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Dec 2, 2022
Too close to call? Japan’s winning goal joins list of controversies
Ao Tanaka's goal may have rescued the Samurai Blue's World Cup campaign, but it was Kaoru Mitoma's touchline assist that has fans and pundits debating technology's place in refereeing.

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