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'Tokyo Rose' Dies at Age 90


The woman popularly known as "Tokyo Rose" for her radio broadcasts to American troops from Japan during World War II has died at age 90.

Iva Toguri D'Aquino was one of the few people convicted of treason in the United States, for her role in the propaganda broadcasts. She was pardoned in the 1970s.

D'Aquino was born in California, the daughter of Japanese immigrants. She was in Japan visiting a sick aunt when the war broke out in 1941 and was unable to return home.

She began working for a Japanese propaganda radio program, calling herself "Orphan Ann" after a popular American comic strip character.

She married a Portuguese citizen in Japan. After the war, she gave interviews that suggested she was the mythical "Tokyo Rose," though that name was actually applied by American servicemen to several women who made similar broadcasts aimed at undermining morale among American troops.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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