Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Toyko Rose is Dead 
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 
Iva Toguri D'Aquino, the woman widely believed to be the infamous broadcaster "Tokyo Rose," died yesterday in Chicago at age 90. From CBS2.com:
D'Aquino, who spent the years following her release from prison living a quiet life on Chicago's North Side, died of natural causes at about 12:30 p.m. at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, said William Toguri, D'Aquino's nephew. Tokyo Rose was the name given to a female radio broadcaster responsible for anti-American transmissions intended to demoralize soldiers fighting in the Pacific theater during World War II.

D'Aquino, whose maiden name was Toguri, was born in Los Angeles on July 4, 1916, to Japanese immigrant parents...Using the name "Orphan Ann," she performed comedy skits and introduced newscasts. In 1945, she was arrested in Yokohama and accused of treason. She served six years in prison following her conviction in San Francisco in 1949.

But doubts about her possible role as Tokyo Rose later surfaced and in 1977 she was pardoned by President Gerald Ford. [read full article]
For more, see the Wikipedia entry on Tokyo Rose: "Mrs. D'Aquino managed a Japanese import shop on Belmont Street, Chicago, until her death on 26 September 2006." I'd walked by that store many times, but never walked in; I had no idea about the story behind J. Toguri Mercantile.

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