Yesterday the Yomiuri News on-line reported the following:
A former actress who had gained popularity by the name of "Li Xianglan" during the wartime period, a former Councilor, Ms. Yoshiko Yamaguchi (real name Yoshiko Otaka ), passed away due to heart failure at 10:42 a.m. on the 7th. She was 94 years old.
The farewell service was only for close relatives.
Because her father was an employee of the Man Tie (the South Manchuria Railway), she grew up in
. She made
her debut in the movie "Honeymoon Express" of Man Ying (Manchuria Movie Association) in 1938. Hiding the fact that she was Japanese,
she was advertised on the market as a Chinese beauty star "Li Xianglan".
In 1939 she costarred with Mr. Kazuo Hasegawa in "The Song of the White Orchid";
the same pair also performed in "The Night of China" and "Vow of the Boiling Sand" which were made into hit. China
Although taken to the military court on suspicion of being a "Hanjian (traitor)" after the war, the suspicion was cleared and she returned to the country. She also formally returned to the movie by the real name Yoshiko Yamaguchi in 1948 in "The day which my whole life can shine". From 1969, she acted as the chairman of a variety show the "You at 3:00" in the television, and also strove for news gathering activities in the
In 1974 at a House of Councilors election she stood as a candidate and won for the Liberal Democratic Party. She was successful in the election for three times, and acted as the head of the Party’s Women's Bureau etc. Even after retiring from the political scene in 1992, she continuously held the vice president post etc. of the "Asian Women's Fund".
The book "Li Xianglan: half of my life" which she collaborated in writing in 1987 became the center of attention, and the "Li Xianglan in Musical" by Shiki Theatre Company was first performed in 1991.
Li Xianglan was a popular name in
in the 1940s. China