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:

FC Tokyo continues superb start to season

Soccer / J. League May 18, 2019

FC Tokyo continues superb start to season

A crucial lesson in FC Tokyo’s 12-game unbeaten run to start the 2019 J. League first-division campaign has been that goals don’t need to come from top striker Diego Oliveira, so long as they come from someone. That was all too true on Saturday at ...

Frontale salvage home draw against Grampus

Soccer / J. League May 17, 2019

Frontale salvage home draw against Grampus

Two of the league's strongest attacking clubs, a packed Todoroki Stadium and one of Japan's most popular all-girl rock acts bringing down the house. Business as usual for "Friday Night J. League," which continues to boost the league's image with extra doses of spectacle beyond ...

J. League levels up video

Soccer | From the Spot May 15, 2019

J. League levels up video

In the third year of the J. League's decade-long, $2 billion domestic broadcasting deal with DAZN, the league is hitting its digital stride and starting to deliver content on par with some of the world's top competitions. The league's ability to rapidly upload viral clips ...

Woeful Tosu facing turmoil on and off pitch

Soccer | From the Spot May 1, 2019

Woeful Tosu facing turmoil on and off pitch

Once protest banners emerge behind the goal and applause turns to jeering following loss after loss, J. League clubs tend to draw from a limited arsenal in order to placate fans and turn things around. Sometimes the captain will address fans after the match, other ...

Vissel faces challenges after week of turmoil

Soccer | From the Spot Apr 24, 2019

Vissel faces challenges after week of turmoil

Seven weeks ago, David Villa's first J. League goal in front of an enthusiastic home crowd led even the most cynical of observers to wonder whether this could be the year that perennial underperformer Vissel Kobe would finally put together a campaign worthy of ...

Reds battle past struggling Vissel

Soccer / J. League Apr 20, 2019

Reds battle past struggling Vissel

Once again, the stage was set for Andres Iniesta to dazzle in front of a gigantic crowd at Saitama Stadium. But once again he was a no-show, disappointing large contingents of both traveling supporters and media who anticipated a chance to see the former Barcelona ...