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Truth may not be stranger than fiction, but it’s usually more dramatic, as proven in a series of best-selling memoirs by Mayumi Takeda. The 32-year-old writer has lived what some people have described as a “roller-coaster life,” and Monday night on Nippon TV’s “Super TV” documentary program, this life will be presented in full.

Takeda lost her hearing at the age of 3 following an illness. When she was 6, she was raped by a stranger and, throughout her school days, she was a victim of bullies. Suicide was always on her mind.

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