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Aquino, Iva Ikuko Toguri d'

Born: 1916 AD
Died: 2006 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Propagandists

1916 – Born in Los Angeles, California

– 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

– 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

– 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