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World War II film idol Shirley Yamaguchi dies at 94

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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"During its militaristic march across Asia in the first half of the 20th century, Japan operated coal mines and railroads and forced China’s last emperor, Pu Yi, to be head of a puppet government in Manchuria, which the Japanese called Manchukuo."

And Japanese women of the time never protested this.

"Chinese authorities arrested Yamaguchi after the war and accused her of being a Chinese traitor. But a friend produced family records proving her Japanese origin, saving her from execution."

Wow, Japanese DNA really is powerful!

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Yoi Machi Gusa--Evening Primrose.

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What an amazing life. RIP.

From Wikipedia:

She was credited as Shirley Yamaguchi in the Hollywood movies Japanese War Bride (1952) and House of Bamboo (1955). She was once nicknamed The Judy Garland of Japan.

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I hope I can still find some of her old movies! Ye Lai Xiang- such a beautiful song! Give it a listen on YouTube. Teresa Teng also sang it.

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SerranoSep. 14, 2014 - 10:45PM JST "SerranoSep. 14, 2014 - 07:30PM JST "During its militaristic march across Asia in the first half of the 20th century, Japan operated coal mines and railroads and forced China’s last emperor, Pu Yi, to be head of a puppet government in Manchuria, which the Japanese called Manchukuo." And Japanese women of the time never protested this. "OssanAmerica: "What does that have to do with women? Japanese or otherwise?" Did you ever think that maybe if Japanese women had protested in massive numbers against the atrocities Japanese >men were committing in China Korea and elsewhere in Asia, things might have been different?

No I didn't. Common sense suggests that Manchurians and Chinese would have protested more than "Japanese women". Besides, operating coal mines and railroads and making good old Henry the head of Manchuria generally wouldn't be considered "atrocities". Are you doing that stuff they just renamed from 脱法ハーブto 危険ドラッグ?

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SerranoSep. 14, 2014 - 10:45PM JST "SerranoSep. 14, 2014 - 07:30PM JST "During its militaristic march across Asia in the first half of the 20th century, Japan operated coal mines and railroads and forced China’s last emperor, Pu Yi, to be head of a puppet government in Manchuria, which the Japanese called Manchukuo." And Japanese women of the time never protested this. "OssanAmerica: "What does that have to do with women? Japanese or otherwise?" Did you ever think that maybe if Japanese women had protested in massive numbers against the atrocities Japanese >men were committing in China Korea and elsewhere in Asia, things might have been different?

Operating coal mines and building railroads are generally not considered "atrocities" anywhere on this planet.

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Looking like that at 71 in that picture is very impressive.

In 1974, she was elected to parliament’s Upper House as a member of the governing Liberal Democratic Party and served until 1992. She was among the contributors to a private atonement fund for Asian “comfort women” used as prostitutes for Japan’s wartime military.

Good on her.

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R.I.P. Dear Lady. Your life's work has made many happy.

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RIP She was known in Japan as Ri Kouran and Yoshiko Yamaguchi. We did not know what kind of nationality but we girls enjoyed her songs. 94? RIP

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If you are frustrated with modern singers' rendition of Japanese classic ''Kojo no Tsuki'', try her's in her 1950 movie, YouTube ''Kojo no Tsuki, Yoshiko Yamaguchi'', 247, 095 views.

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she is my aunt by marriage. bye aunt yoshiko.

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for anyone interested in a good biography of her life, with many pictures:

www.yoshikoyamaguchi.blogspot.com

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