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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:

Reds pummel Vissel as Andres Iniesta sits

/ Sep 23, 2018

Reds pummel Vissel as Andres Iniesta sits

Well over 50,000 Urawa Reds fans made their way to Saitama Stadium on Sunday night to see their team take on former Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta and Germany great Lukas Podolski. They may have only gotten half of what they came for, but they surely ...

Reysol, Sagan play to 1-1 draw

/ Sep 22, 2018

Reysol, Sagan play to 1-1 draw

Two teams arrived at Sankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium in desperate need of a win on Saturday afternoon, and neither found what they were looking for as Kashiwa Reysol and Sagan Tosu battled to a 1-1 draw in the first of the day's J. League ...

J. League, fans rally behind Hokkaido after quake

/ Sep 16, 2018

J. League, fans rally behind Hokkaido after quake

After a trying year that has tested Japan with severe floods, record-setting heat, and fierce typhoons, the country was yet again challenged in September when a magnitude 7 earthquake jolted the northern island of Hokkaido, causing dozens of deaths and leaving millions without electricity. But ...

Former Japan star Uchida sees gap in quality as Moriyasu era begins

Sep 10, 2018

Former Japan star Uchida sees gap in quality as Moriyasu era begins

Following a four-day delay caused by the recent Hokkaido earthquake, Japan's men's soccer team will make their debut under new head coach Hajime Moriyasu on Tuesday against Central American visitors Costa Rica. The Samurai Blue's first match after a World Cup is always a prime ...

Keisuke Honda's globetrotting career leads to Australia

Aug 16, 2018

Keisuke Honda's globetrotting career leads to Australia

Six weeks ago, Samurai Blue star Keisuke Honda announced that he had participated in his last World Cup and hinted that retirement was on the table. On Wednesday, he praised Melbourne Victory head coach Kevin Muscat for convincing him not to hang up his boots. "I ...