If it was possible Yoshiko Yamaguchi’s life got weirder after her acting career was over. In the early 1960s she became a hostess and anchorwoman on daytime TV talk shows aimed at Japanese housewives. She interviewed a range of people from Kim Il-sung to Zhou En-lai and became involved in the Palestinian cause (meeting Leila Khaled (left), then the pin up girl of the movement) and covered the Vietnam War. She had always wanted to be a journalist and eventually became one.
In 1974, she was elected to the House of Councillors of the Japanese parliament, where she served for 18 years (three terms). She co-authored a book, Ri Koran, Watashi no Hansei (Half My Life as Ri Koran) and became Vice-President of the Asian Women’s Fund.
She did eventually return to
Fuji Television made a TV movie - Sayonara Ri Kouran –in 1989, as a special project to commemorate their 30th anniversary and a two-part TV movie - Ri Kouran - made about her early life in
As far as I’m aware she’s still alive and living in