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

Dave Walsh*, Graham Brooks, Makiko Naka, Gavin Oxburgh, Akira Kyo

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The interviewing of victims, witnesses and suspects is 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalPsychiatry, Psychology and Law
Early online date26 Apr 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Apr 2023

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