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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:

Vissel add Sergi Samper to loaded lineup

Soccer / J. League Mar 7, 2019

Vissel add Sergi Samper to loaded lineup

Vissel Kobe has added another name to its ever-growing list of Barcelona connections. The J. League first-division club announced on Thursday the signing of defensive midfielder Sergi Samper, who will become the third player to trade the famed Spanish side's blue and red for Kobe's ...

Vissel edge Sagan on David Villa's goal

Soccer / J. League Mar 2, 2019

Vissel edge Sagan on David Villa's goal

The fireworks around the Noevir Stadium pitch lit up as the players made their entrance. The fireworks on the pitch took slightly longer. With an open roof and a number of upgrades in place for this fall's Rugby World Cup, the hallowed Kansai ground played host ...

Frontale, Tokyo battle to draw

Soccer / J. League Feb 23, 2019

Frontale, Tokyo battle to draw

After winning two straight J. League first division championships, Kawasaki Frontale was favored by many to become just the second team in the league's 26-year history to pull down a third. The Kanagawa Prefecture club's quest to join Kashima Antlers in the history books got ...

Time ripe for Japan's Super Cup to hit road

Soccer | From the Spot Feb 17, 2019

Time ripe for Japan's Super Cup to hit road

The annual Fuji Xerox Super Cup, held the weekend before the J. League opens for business, has over the last 25 years become a celebration of the league's vibrant and friendly matchday culture. It's an excuse for neutral fans to converge, consume popular food items ...

Frontale top Reds in Super Cup

Soccer / J. League Feb 16, 2019

Frontale top Reds in Super Cup

A goal by Leandro Damiao was enough for defending J. League champion Kawasaki Frontale to triumph 1-0 over 2018 Emperor's Cup winner Urawa Reds on Saturday at the Fuji Xerox Super Cup. Played in front of a sold-out Saitama Stadium crowd in unseasonably mild February ...

Iniesta excited about new season

Soccer / J. League Feb 14, 2019

Iniesta excited about new season

The J. League set out to leverage its newfound star power on Thursday at the league's annual kickoff conference. The media event usually offers a chance for the country's soccer media to interact with all three of the J. League's divisions. But on Tuesday at a ...