Forensic interviews conducted with autistic adults in Japan: A review of the literature and directions for future research

Date

2023-02-22

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ISSN

1321-8719
1934-1687

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Publisher

Taylor and Francis

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

The interviewing of victims, witnesses and suspects are important in helping resolve criminal investigations. In Japan, developments have recently occurred in the training of the police and their public prosecutors in these key tasks. Whilst literature exists on autism in Japan, studies examining police/public prosecutor interviews with autistic adults conducted in that country (and indeed, any other) remain scant. As elsewhere in the world, identification of those who manifest characteristics prevalent on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) scale, has been found to be problematical to criminal justice professionals. To help address this deficit in understanding, we provide an overview of the literature concerning contemporary understanding of the challenges facing autistic adults as they attempt to reveal their verbal accounts, as well as suggested techniques when interviewing adults on the ASD scale during criminal investigations, offering lessons learned from research conducted around the world that provide potentially promising solutions for Japan.

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The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link. Anglo-Japanese collaborative research regarding police interviews with vulnerable people
open access article

Keywords

Japan, Police interviewing, Public Prosecutors, Criminal Justice, Autism, Developmental Disorders, Suspects, Witnesses, Victims, Police, Vulnerabilities

Citation

Walsh, D., Brooks, G., Naka, M., Oxburgh, G., Kyo, A, (2023) Forensic interviews conducted with autistic adults in Japan: A review of the literature and directions for future research. Psychialtry, Psychology and Law

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Research Institute

Centre for Law, Justice and Society