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Aquino, Iva Ikuko Toguri d' (Tokyo Rose)

Born: 1916 AD
Died: 2006 AD, at 90 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Propagandists

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1916 - Born in Los Angeles, California

1920s-1930s
- during high school, she was known as an American loyalist
- graduated with a degree in Zoology from the University of California, Los Angeles
- worked in her parents' shop

1940s
- in July of 1941, she went to Japan to visit a sick relative and left U.S. without a passport
- worked as a typist at a Japanese news agency and transferred to Radio Tokyo with the relatively similar job
- 1943, became a broadcaster as "Orphan Anne" of "The Zero Hour" propagandist radio show

1949-1960s
- brought to Federal District Court in San Francisco to face eight "over acts" of treason
- she denied to have committed such act and claimed that they (Toguri and associates) sabotaged the Japanese war effort in a subtle manner
- the US Justice Department cleared her name of the case
- fined with US$10,000, and sentenced for 10 years imprisonment

1977 - received pardon from outgoing President Gerald Ford on January 19 after she publicly appealed her case on the TV program 60 Minutes

 

2006 - died in Chicago

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