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Past articles by Jake:

"I fully trust and believe Shayna" says swimmer's coach

The Shayna Jack revelations happened as the World Swimming Championships were wrapping up in Korea. Even if she's cleared, a lengthy investigation could mean Shayna Jack may be ruled ineligible for the Tokyo Olympics anyway. → Read More

Test firing of new NK missile dampens denuclearisation hopes

Today marks the 66the anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice but peace still seems remote, with Pyongyang testfiring what's believed to be a new type of missile this week. → Read More

Aspiring foreign taxi drivers in Japan face tough training

Like most industries in Japan, the ageing population means a shortage of taxi drivers, so companies are hiring more foreigners. However, just getting through the training is no mean feat. → Read More

Alek Sigley 'released from detention' in North Korea

An Australian student who was detained and released in North Korea has arrived in Tokyo where it's believed he will be reunited with his Japanese wife. → Read More

Japan resumes commercial whaling for first time in 30 years

Just days after Japan hosted the G20, seeking consensus on the global diplomatic stage, its decision to quit the International Whaling Commission because it didn't get its way couldn't be in starker contrast. → Read More

Scott Morrison urges US and China to resolve tensions at G20

Leaders of the world's largest economies are meeting in Japan today for the G20 summit, and Scott Morrison has taken the opportunity to personally press both US President Donald Trump and China's president Xi Jinping to find a resolution to their trade tensions. → Read More

Inside the 'secret underground lair' where scientists are searching the galaxies

Take a 360-degree tour of the vast, mesmerising tank in Japan where scientists are going deep underground to search the galaxies for clues to the origins of life. → Read More

Trump welcomes Japan's offer to facilitate talks with Iran

President Donald Trump says the United States is not looking for regime change in Iran, as tensions rise with the deployment of US troops to the region. → Read More

Trump in Japan: forget the missiles, what about our trade imbalance?

Donald Trump is in Japan to talk trade. North Korea has tested rockets and missiles just this month, including several guided missiles that both Japan and the US President's national security adviser think violate UN Security Council resolutions. But sitting across from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Donald Trump has been saying there's been no rocket testing. → Read More

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito today accedes to the throne, but will he be one of the last emperors?

As Japan welcomes a new emperor, the country is once again debating whether to allow women to sit on the Chrysanthemum Throne. If they don't, the country's royal family could disappear forever. → Read More

Japan's Emperor Akihito to abdicate, ushering in new era and potentially IT chaos

With the ascension of a new emperor, Japan is entering an era called beautiful harmony. But the first change to the country's ancient imperial calendar in the digital age could lead to tech chaos. → Read More

Australian arrested in Japan over alleged subway train graffiti attack, police find spray cans and marker pens

An Australian man is arrested at a Japanese airport over a 2018 graffiti attack on subway trains in the country, with police finding several spray cans in his possession and suspecting him of 30 more vandalism attacks. → Read More

Dashed hopes for South Koreans as Trump-Kim summit ends abruptly without result

Many South Koreans separated from family members in the North fear time is running out to see their families again after the Vietnam summit ended abruptly without a deal. → Read More

Japan accuses North Korea of dodging sanctions at sea ahead of Vietnam summit

Weeks before the Trump-Kim summit, Japan says North Korea is evading sanctions by buying mysterious cargo on the open ocean. → Read More

Australians join battle to stop brutal dolphin slaughter in Japan

The film The Cove sparked global outrage over the annual dolphin hunts in Taiji. Now Australian and Japanese environmentalist are trying to outlaw the killings. → Read More

Japan fire festival: The 'unlucky' men who fight a village

In a tiny Japanese ski resort, a flame-bearing mob battle the town's men to burn down a wooden shrine. It sounds terrifying. But it's a ritual to protect them. → Read More

Christopher Pyne backs Japanese defence spending amid concerns over strike capability

Australia's Defence Minister backs Japan's proposal to massively increase its defence spending, despite concerns such moves could violate the country's constitution and cause alarm in the Indo-Pacific region. → Read More

This Japanese university penalised women because it believed they were 'too mature'

Juntendo University is the latest school to admit it made entrance interviews harder for women to pass, saying it was because females were more mature and had a natural advantage against young male applicants who needed to be rescued. → Read More

Japan's child-scaring demon the Namahage named on UNESCO's cultural heritage list

Misbehaving child? Toddler tantrum? Maybe you need to give the world's latest cultural icon — the terrifying demon-like deity specialising in scaring badly behaved children known as the Namahage — a call. → Read More

Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn sacked after arrest for alleged financial misconduct

The Brazilian-born businessman was arrested by prosecutors in Tokyo for allegedly underreporting his income to Japanese regulators by more than $60 million over several years. → Read More