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:

JFA takes leap with new women's pro league

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. Now, as the sport known as "WoSo" packs stadiums in London, Madrid, Monterrey and Philadelphia, the country that introduced the likes of Homare Sawa and Saki ...

Japanese clubs chase elusive Tokyo cachet

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. The announcement by club owner CyberAgent last Friday at a fan meeting was met with instant disapproval, both ...

Post-typhoon Japan-Scotland match gets green light

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. The match had come under threat in the wake of ...

Samurai Blue rout Mongolia 6-0 in 2022 World Cup qualifier

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. On the soccer pitch, Japan is clearly still king. Takumi Minamino scored in his third straight match, veteran defender Yuto Nagatomo netted his first international goal in 10 years and Junya Ito ...

Keisuke Honda risks cheapening legacy

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. After a series of increasingly erratic tweets in ...

Rugby World Cup scores try with Japanese soccer media

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. That sport, however, was not soccer. Instead, the two stadia — known temporarily as Tokyo Stadium and International Stadium Yokohama — have ...

Thai star drives J. League's popularity abroad

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. Building on them will be an even bigger challenge. European stars such as Andres Iniesta and David Villa may be giving the J. League its long-awaited global exposure, ...