Tokyo Rose – Complete Episode (TV14; 43:20) A complete biography about WWII radio propaganda broadcaster, Tokyo Rose. Iva Toguri, better called “Tokyo Rose,” was born in La on July 4, 1916. After school, she visited Japan and was stranded there after the assault on Pearl Harbor. Gerald Ford pardoned Tokyo Rose in 1976 and she expired in 2006. Iva Toguri, better called “Tokyo Rose,” was born in La, California, on Independence Day, July 4, 1916. Her dad proved to be a Japanese-American who possessed an import store.
Her mom’s sister became ill in Japan, so as a graduation present, Iva was sent back to Japan to see her sick aunt. She did not enjoy the food and felt quite foreign. The year was, needless to say, when the assault on Pearl Harbor happened in Hawaii. Tension involving the Japanese as well as the U.S. made it unexpectedly hard for her to make it back to America. The final boat headed for America left without her and she was stranded. She refused. She became an enemy alien and was refused a food ration card. She left her aunts and went into a boarding house.
In 1942, the U.S. government rounded up Japanese-Americans and place them in internment camps. Iva’s family was relocated to such camps, but she did not understand about it. The letters between her and her parents quit, and she was abruptly isolated without details about their lives. She wanted a job, so she went to an English-speaking paper and got a place listening to shortwave-radio newscasts and transcribing them. Iva subsequently got another job with Radio Tokyo as s typist, helping type out hands for programs air for GI’s in Southeast Asia. Subsequently, she was out of the blue requested to host a show known as the “Zero Hour,” an entertainment program for U.S. soldiers. Her female, American voice was meant to achieve the U.S. soldiers.
The concept was to demoralize the soldiers, to let them know that their girls back home were seeing other women. Tokyo Rose was a term developed by the solitary guys outside in the South Pacific who were delighted to learn the things they envisioned as an exotic geisha-kind girl. Iva created 340 programs.
The sarcasm was that Iva wanted desperately to go back to the U.S. She was employed as a radio personality for 3 years, during which time she fell in love using a Japanese-Puerto Rican guy. In August of this year, America dropped two bombs on Japan as well as their authorities later surrendered. The Army started to inquire her as a traitor, having committed treason for spreading Japanese propaganda. She was imprisoned for just one year but was released for lack of signs. Her narrative was made national news by Walter Winchell. In 1948, President Truman felt proceeded to act, and she was finally charged with treason. Her passageway back to the U.S. was as a prisoner.
On July 5, 1949, Iva’s treason trial was formally started. The specific transcriptions of her programs were never discussed with all the jury. The jury was broken up, but the result was that she was found guilty. On September 29, 1949, she was sentenced to a decade in penitentiary. It is now believed the “witnesses” were demanded to give their testimony, driven to create her a scapegoat. When Iva was released, she found her family surviving in Chicago. She resided for 20 years in Chicago as a stateless citizen. She perished on September 26, 2006, as an undisputed American citizen.