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Japan cop recruiters mull polygraph test to reduce potential sex pests

Published on Jan 8, 2013 3:22 PM
 
Japanese policemen set up a cordon near a bank where a man was holding hostages in Toyokawa city in Aichi prefecture, central Japan on Nov 22, 2012. Asahi Shinbum reports that Japanese police are considering introducing lie detector tests as part of their recruitment process to try to weed out possible sex pests and other potential criminals. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese police are considering introducing lie detector tests as part of their recruitment process to try to weed out possible sex pests and other potential criminals, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The National Police Agency plans to use polygraphs only on those who consent to taking the tests, to avoid being accused of invading privacy, the Asahi Shimbun said.

Recruiters plan to analyse reactions from candidates after they are asked for their thoughts on paedophilia or their interest in molestation, the daily reported.

Polygraphs measure and record phsyiological reactions, such as heart rate or breathing, while the subject is asked questions. Advocates say the act of telling lies causes bodily responses that cannot easily be controlled.

 
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