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September 27, 2006


Rob Thornton

Thanks for the illuminating obituary. How sad to be caught in such a situation. No more "Tokyo Rose" for me--rest well Iva Toguri.


Excellent NPR interview with Ronald Yates, whose investigation as a Chicago Tribune reporter led to her pardon by President Ford. Link to the audio here


Ooh, fantastic post! I'm currently reading about the history of WW2 (of which I am ashamedly uninformed, thus being why I am reading a book on the subject), and there was a great chapter about the government's paranoia towards Japanese Americans. But nothing about the problems of other supposed traitors/security threats, so this was a nice completion to that. A most illuminating history, like the real life version Vonnegut's "Mother Night". And now I must read more about our departed Orphan. Thanks.


Decades later, the F.B.I. finally admitted having suborned the perjury which convicted her. She was never guilty of anything.
(According to my father, who was in the China-Burma-India theater, the "demoralizing" broadcasts were morale-boosting humor, and some of the later bombing raids over Tokyo parachuted supplies of new 45's so that G.I.s in remote locations could get current music.)
For the rest of her life, she worked in her family's store in Chicago, where many people were acquainted, but no one, ever, to my knowledge, made an untoward remark.

J. C. Kaelin

Just a little correction - All the airchecks known to be in existence I carefully remastered over a period of months in 1997, converted them into RealAudio & put them up at THE ZERO HOUR PAGE at . The main Tokyo Rose Page is at & for those that want a more in-depth handling of the life of Iva Toguri be sure to check out Dafydd Dyar's "Sayonara, 'Tokyo Rose' -- Hello Again, 'Orphan Ann'" page at .

Iva was a good friend of mine, she had agreed to allow my wife and I to name our first child after her (Iva if a girl, Ivan if a boy) and to be the child's godmother when baptized. We haven't had luck making that kid yet, but when we do, will name it after her - and we'll keep trying to make one!

It was her example of triumph over adversity that gave me the courage of my convictions that enabled me to go off of disability after a decade of illness, a decision that has had the most enormous positive ramifications over my life ever since. I hope that as you read mine & Dafydd's pages about this great tragic hero you too will be similarly inspired. Kind Regards, JC Kaelin,

Brian Carnell

It is a little bizarre to claim the U.S. "abandoned" her there given that she was trapped in Japan while the U.S. was processing her passport papers.

J. C. Kaelin

>It is a little bizarre to claim the U.S. "abandoned" her there given that she was trapped in Japan while the U.S. was processing her passport papers.

If you read Dafydd Dyar's page, you will see that, when Iva left for Japan, the US government gave her paperwork that they said would enable her to get back into the country without any difficulty in lieu of a passport. She took them at their word, and when she produced those papers when she tried to return, the US refused to accept them.

Joe the Phoenix Disc Jockey

I once took a women's history class in college and I was fascinated by how women really stepped up to the plate to literally keep the workforce alive during WWII. Being a disc jockey myself I must say that being a Japanese woman in America during the war would make any job difficult but I have to give it to Ms. Toguri for staying strong. I love reading stories like this.


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