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:

COVID-19 strikes Japanese soccer

Soccer | From the Spot Mar 18, 2020

COVID-19 strikes Japanese soccer

Since late February, Japanese soccer's professional and amateur competitions have shut down in an attempt to protect players, coaches and fans from the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak that has forced the cancellation of major sporting events around the world. On Tuesday, a wrench was thrown into ...

J. League running out of scheduling options

Soccer | From the Spot Mar 11, 2020

J. League running out of scheduling options

The J. League is not without options as it adjusts its schedule in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. But If play does not resume early next month, those options will become increasingly less appealing to club and league officials hoping to avoid making alterations ...

Reysol victorious over Consadole in J. League opener

Soccer / J. League Feb 22, 2020

Reysol victorious over Consadole in J. League opener

With the wind at their backs and a dynamic goal-scoring duo in front, Kashiwa Reysol started the season exactly how they wanted — with a win. The J. League's first division returned to Sankyo Frontier Stadium in fine form on Saturday as Reysol rode braces ...

Squads, not stars, could define J. League's 2020 season

Soccer / J. League Feb 19, 2020

Squads, not stars, could define J. League's 2020 season

In its chosen hashtag for the season (#2020の主役は誰だ), the J. League literally asks "who will play the lead role in 2020?" That's never exactly been an easy question to ask, but it's become especially difficult in recent years. The league's supply of reliable stars has ...