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Who is Tokyo Rose?

1943-1960s

Who is Tokyo Rose?

The story of Tokyo Rose is the story of another World War II propaganda effort. Iva Toguri was an American citizen who broadcast benign radio shows to U.S. troops from Radio Tokyo, thwarting the aims of the Japanese who sought to use her to demoralize U.S. troops. Toguri was scapegoated after the war, wrongfully accused of betraying her country by producing her radio broadcasts on behalf of the Japanese. She was tried for treason and sentenced to ten years in prison. While Toguri was released after six years, she was not pardoned till 1977. Only after suffering the grave indignity of being wrongfully imprisoned for political purposes was Toguri able to finally receive justice and clear her name--though most people still immediately think of "traitor" when they hear the name "Tokyo Rose."

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