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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
Sep 26, 2021
Love for hometown soccer club inspires PM hopeful Taro Kono
The LDP leadership candidate took an active role in the development of J. League side Shonan Bellmare, winning his own fans on the way.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Sep 25, 2021
Hiroki Sakai and Ataru Esaka power Urawa to comeback win over Tokyo
Despite falling behind less than a minute into the match, Ricardo Rodriguez's side rebounded for its first win over Tokyo since 2018 and into contention for an Asian Champions League spot.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / From the Spot
Sep 20, 2021
Older, wiser Yuto Nagatomo comes full circle with return to FC Tokyo
Yuto Nagatomo has returned to FC Tokyo nearly 11 years after his emotional departure and is already making an impact.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Sep 15, 2021
Uniqlo and Sweden keen on podium return after extending partnership
The Nordic nation's Olympic and Paralympic teams became the first outside Japan to be supplied by the fast fashion retailer during the Tokyo Games.
Japan Times
SOCCER / WE LEAGUE
Sep 12, 2021
Late goal seals Urawa comeback over Beleza as WE League debuts
Yuzuho Shiokoshi's right-footed rocket gave the defending Nadeshiko League champion a win to start Japan's new professional women's soccer league.
Japan Times
SOCCER / WE LEAGUE
Sep 10, 2021
Japan's ambitious WE League aims to empower in historic first season
Japan's first professional women's soccer league will launch on Sunday with the goals of promoting gender equality and raising the country's level of play.
Japan Times
PARALYMPICS / Summer Paralympics
Sep 4, 2021
Belgian wheelchair sprinter says he overcame sabotage to win gold medal
Peter Genyn's coach and staffers worked quickly to repair his wheelchair before Friday's race, in which he broke his own Paralympic record.
Japan Times
PARALYMPICS / Summer Paralympics
Aug 31, 2021
'A huge step forward': NHK brings human touch to computer-generated sign-language commentary
The move is the national broadcaster's most ambitious initiative yet to bring a variety of content to Japan's deaf population.
Japan Times
PARALYMPICS / Summer Paralympics
Aug 27, 2021
From the track to the stacks: Paralympian Amanda McGrory races to preserve USOPC history
McGrory's story on the track features seven Paralympic medals but the transition to her role as an archivist at the USOPC has given her perspective as her athletic career comes to a close.
Japan Times
PARALYMPICS / Summer Paralympics
Aug 25, 2021
For the Faroe Islands, Paralympics offer rare chance to wave the flag on global stage
The archipelago, part of the Kingdom of Denmark, is in the unique position of being recognized by the International Paralympic Committee but not the International Olympic Committee.
Japan Times
PARALYMPICS / Summer Paralympics
Aug 23, 2021
Understanding Paralympic impairment classifications
Classes for each sport at the Paralympics are determined by the impairment and the degree to which it affects an athlete.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Aug 9, 2021
How we saw it: The Athletes’ Olympics
Minus fans and fanfare, Olympians could focus not only on themselves but also their fellow athletes.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Aug 7, 2021
Samurai Blue challenge awaits Japan's young stars after missing Olympic podium
A bawling Takefusa Kubo was all you had to see to understand the impact of Japan's 3-1 loss to Mexico on Friday.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Aug 6, 2021
Mexico shatters Japan's hopes of soccer bronze with 3-1 thrashing
Mexico dominated Japan in the men's soccer bronze-medal game on Friday night, ending the host nation's hope of a first Olympic medal in 53 years with a 3-1 win at Saitama Stadium.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Aug 4, 2021
After loss to Spain, Japan still wondering how to close gap with world soccer powers
In the end it was Real Madrid star Marco Asensio's game-winning goal that stood out the most when contrasted with Japan's failure to capitalize on any of its chances in the penalty area.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Aug 4, 2021
How social media magnified the controversy over Daiki Hashimoto's all-around gold
The furor surrounding Hashimoto's first-place finish in the men's all-around competition last week stood out for the response it provoked from gymnastics officials.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Aug 3, 2021
Resilient Japan loses in extra time to Spain, missing chance at historic final
A late goal by Real Madrid star Marco Asensio set up a Friday meeting between Hajime Moriyasu's side and Mexico with the bronze medal at stake.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Aug 3, 2021
The man behind the Olympic 'anti-sex' beds speaks out
The Airweave beds at Tokyo 2020 have taken a pounding on social media, but CEO Motokuni Takaoka says they can handle it all.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Aug 1, 2021
World Athletics chief says ‘no asterisk’ needed for Tokyo Games
Two-time gold medalist Sebastian Coe believes Japan's reputation will emerge stronger as the troubled Olympics begin their second full week of competition.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jul 31, 2021
Nadeshiko Japan ponders future after another major tournament exit
Friday's Olympic quarterfinal loss to Sweden highlighted the gap in physicalities and playing styles between head coach Asako Takakura's side and the rest of the world.

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