Dan Orlowitz, The Japan Times

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The Japan Times

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Past articles by Dan:

The Winter Olympics have a climate problem. Could Sapporo be part of the solution?

Sapporo is touting a study showing that among all past hosts, it will be the most climate resilient as the planet warms. But residents are less than enthusiastic about hosting. → Read More

As Japan exits the World Cup, eyes turn to the team's future

Veterans are set to step back, head coach Hajime Moriyasu's future is uncertain and the country waits to see if the next star player is waiting in the ranks of the J. League. → Read More

Japan's World Cup run ends with shootout heartbreak against Croatia

The Samurai Blue's dreams of reaching their first-ever FIFA World Cup quarterfinals were dashed by the runner-up of the 2018 edition. → Read More

How Japanese soccer evolved to produce world-beating warriors

The Samurai Blue's upset wins over Germany and Spain at the 2022 FIFA World Cup are a result of decades of effort to expand the sport's footprint across the country. → Read More

Japan's magic fades with disappointing loss to Costa Rica

The magic Japan conjured up in its upset of Germany is gone, and only uncertainty awaits after an uninspired showing in a loss against Costa Rica at the World Cup in Qatar. → Read More

Japan substitutes star in historic World Cup win over Germany

The Samurai Blue's shift of tactics to a three-back system paid dividends in the second half as Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano scored late to clinch a famous victory. → Read More

Yuzuru Hanyu confirms end to illustrious 12-year senior career

The figure skating legend has ended months of speculation over whether he would contest the upcoming ISU Grand Prix season and begin a quest for a potential fourth Winter Games berth. → Read More

Failed ‘Captain Tsubasa’ NFT offers window into the risks of crypto

While Japan has not yet experienced a large NFT boom, some of the country’s most famous pop culture staples have been appropriated for dubious "Web3" products. → Read More

X Games soar in Japan debut as action sports fans flock to Chiba

Tens of thousands of fans turned up as the X Games, known for igniting the mainstream popularity of action sports, took place in Japan for the first time over the weekend. → Read More

Controversial Beijing Olympics reach finish line

Japan had its best-ever showing at a Winter Games with 18 medals in an event that will be remembered for its complicated circumstances as much as its thrilling athletic displays. → Read More

Yuma Kagiyama and Shoma Uno hoping to reach even greater heights after Beijing success

After finishing on the Beijing 2022 men’s figure skating podium, silver medalist Yuma Kagiyama and bronze-winning Shoma Uno are looking forward to spending → Read More

Nathan Chen captures gold as Yuzuru Hanyu falls short in bid to make history

Nathan Chen tops the podium as Yuma Kagiyama claims the silver medal and Shoma Uno earns bronze. → Read More

Meet the 'fanyus,' the passionate yet chaotic force behind Yuzuru Hanyu

The two-time Olympic champion’s fandom, which spans borders, cultures and generations, is one of figure skating’s most passionate — and polarizing. → Read More

Japan takes down Sweden in women's ice hockey opener at Beijing 2022

Japan arrived in Beijing hoping to find an answer in their third straight meeting versus Sweden at the Games. Her name, it turns out, was Rui Ukita. → Read More

Kumi Yokoyama pushes LGBTQ conversation forward in Japan while raising game on pitch

Yokoyama was praised by U.S. President Joe Biden for showing courage after coming out as transgender earlier this year. → Read More

With most fans vaccinated, J. League sees path to pre-pandemic crowds

After 20 months of uncertainty and heavy restrictions, league officials are optimistic that they will be able to raise average attendances in the remaining five weeks of the season. → Read More

Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu earns a reprieve after win over Socceroos

With his tactics coming under fire after Thursday’s loss in Saudi Arabia, Moriyasu couldn’t have hoped for a better series of developments to shift the narrative on Tuesday in Saitama. → Read More

'A huge step forward': NHK brings human touch to computer-generated sign-language commentary

The move is the national broadcaster’s most ambitious initiative yet to bring a variety of content to Japan’s deaf population. → Read More

Understanding Paralympic impairment classifications

Classes for each sport at the Paralympics are determined by the impairment and the degree to which it affects an athlete. → Read More

How we saw it: The Athletes’ Olympics

Minus fans and fanfare, Olympians could focus not only on themselves but also their fellow athletes. → Read More