Brian Lake arrested in Japan

Norm Smith medallist Brian Lake is being detained in Japan following an alleged scuffle.

The three-time Hawthorn premiership defender, previously a mainstay at the Western Bulldogs, is understood to have been jailed in Osaka, where he was playing in an Australian football tournament for the Indonesia Volcanoes.

He posted a photo on Instagram in recent days celebrating with a trophy won at the event.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed it was working to help Lake.

"The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is making inquiries about an Australian in Japan who may require consular assistance and stands ready to provide assistance, in accordance with the Consular Services Charter, should it be requested. Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment," a DFAT spokesperson said.

Lake, 36, retired from the Hawks at the end of 2015.

He is no stranger to run-ins with the law, having been locked up for a night in 2013 following a drunken encounter at the Portsea Polo event.

He has recently been in Fiji, filming an upcoming season of Channel Ten's Australian Survivor.

Since retiring Lake has also worked intermittently for Fox Footy.

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