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The accomplishments of Japanese poet, novelist and essayist Naoki Higashida are impressive. He’s published more than 20 books in Japanese, pens a popular blog and is seeing the release this month of his second book in English — all before his 25th birthday in August.

Higashida’s initial success in English stemmed from “The Reason I Jump,” which he wrote when he was just 13 years old to answer frequently asked questions about the people on the other side of the wall that is autism spectrum disorders.

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