Iva Toguri D'Aquino

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Iva Toguri D’Aquino was born in Los Angeles, California back in 1916 to Jun and Fumi. She graduated from high school in Los Angeles, continuing her education she graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in zoology in 1940.

In July of 1941, she sailed to Japan to visit an ailing relative. In August, she applied to the U.S. Vice Consul in Japan for a passport wanting to return to the U.S. While her request was under consideration the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, thus her passport was denied. To support herself she found work as a typist at a Japanese news agency and later for Radio Tokyo. She performed in comedy sketches and introduced recorded music in Japan.

After the war, she was arrested but after a years’ worth of investigation she was released and returned to the U.S. She was later re-arrested in 1948, but in a trial, she was found guilty of only one charge, where she served six years before being released. President Gerald Ford granted her a full and unconditional pardon. In 2006, the World War II Veterans Committee awarded her the Edward J. Herlihy Citizenship Award. She died later that same year in Chicago, she was 90.

While you may not recognize Iva surely, you’ve heard of what she was known as “Tokyo Rose”.

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Comments (21)

Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Quite the enterprising woman....with a reputation that spanned the globe.

Aug 25, 2019 03:41 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

She sounded like a perfect choice for the job of Tokyo Rose.  A command of English and a burr under her saddle for being denied passage home to the US. 

Aug 25, 2019 04:03 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is a great read and an amazing story to boot.

Aug 25, 2019 05:08 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Had no clue until you mentioned "Tokyo Rose"! Enjoy your day!

Aug 25, 2019 05:32 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Of course, I've heard of Tokyo Rose, James. But had no idea this was whom you were writing about until the end.

Aug 25, 2019 05:55 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

She sure live a life of adventure, sometimes good and sometimes not so good.

Aug 25, 2019 06:03 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Like so many commented before me, I had no idea who this person was, until the end of your story!  A

Aug 25, 2019 06:09 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray -  I have heard of Tokyo Rose but really don't know the story.

Aug 25, 2019 06:17 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

This one I knew!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 25, 2019 06:28 AM
James Dray

Hmm, I'm going to dig a little deeper 

Aug 25, 2019 07:11 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - I learned a lot more than I previously knew about Tokyo Rose.  

Aug 25, 2019 07:29 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 I never knew the full story of Tokyo Rose just the notorious part, thank you for sharing James Dray 

Aug 25, 2019 07:53 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

I suspected the result when I read WWII but locked it in when I read Radio Tokyo. 

Knowing more of the story can certainly influence how one may feel. In Southern California, I knew Japanese farming familes (orange groves in West Covina) that had blocks of land confiscated and that land was never returned... It makes you stop and think. 

Aug 25, 2019 08:16 AM
James Dray

Yes ma'am, people will do a lot of things they don't want to, to survive

Aug 25, 2019 12:10 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I figured that who this was as the story rolled on.

Aug 25, 2019 02:51 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I had a feeling where this story was headed but I knew very little about her. During WWII my mother and aunt (who were born in the States) had to carry cards with them saying that they were American citizens of Chinese descent and not Japanese. 

Aug 25, 2019 05:44 PM
James Dray

A truly black eye on the States

Aug 26, 2019 12:44 AM
faye schubert

Fear creates skeptism of everyone and everything. 

Aug 28, 2019 05:46 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I remember the name Tokyo Rose but really had forgotten the story.

Aug 28, 2019 05:47 AM
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Thank you for the entertaining education about infamous Tokyo Rose.

Sep 02, 2019 08:13 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I had no idea that Tokyo Rose had gotten stuck in Japan during the war -your story puts a different light on things -

Mar 29, 2020 04:59 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Kathy Streib - your comment is really interesting.  And now we are circling back with Chinese racism - people are so driven by fear!

Mar 29, 2020 05:00 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Lise Howe people's fears cause them to be who they aren't deep down. I'm not aware of any Chinese racism here in Houston but then again, I never felt that when I was growing up here. 

Mar 31, 2020 08:19 AM
Dorland Neale

My mother, Jane Dorland went to high school in Lynwood CA in the 30’s. Mom said they were great pals.

May 03, 2020 03:53 PM