The move to the newly renovated Akishino Palace has been underway throughout the current fiscal year, and the situation is now at a critical juncture. However, only the second daughter, Kako (28), will not be moving to the new residence and will remain in her current place of residence.
As for the Akishino Palace, since Prince Akishino will become the Crown Prince and will be treated in the same manner as the Crown Prince, the number of official duties and staff will increase, and renovations have been decided in order to accommodate this increase. Construction began in March 2008 and was completed in November 2010.
The family had been living in the temporary residence during the construction of the new residence for about four years. Of course, before her marriage, Mako also spent her last days as a bachelor there. Incidentally, the construction cost, including everything else, was close to 5 billion yen.
With the renovations completed, the family was preparing to move. During this time, there was a scene in which Kako told Prince Akishino that she would not be moving to the new residence.
“At that point, it seems that quite a “battle” ensued. She asked him, ‘Why don’t you move to the new residence? He tried to confirm the reason, saying, ‘Why don’t you move? Akishino no Miya tried to confirm the reason. Kako, on the contrary, questioned him about the reasons why he had to move and whether it was absolutely wrong for him to continue staying at the temporary fable.
As a result, Prince Akishino’s efforts to persuade her were unsuccessful.
As a result, the attempts by Akishino no Miya to persuade him to move out were unsuccessful. In fact, it is not as if she had to move out, and there is no rent to be paid for staying at the temporary palace.
I would venture to say that there was a plan to use the temporary fable as an office for the staff after the family moved out. For the time being, it seems that the decision was made to leave the private office space.
It may be that there was no legal basis for the move, and that Prince Akishino was unable to find any words to say in reply.
The reason for Kako’s persistence is not clear, although it has been discussed in various ways. However, there is no doubt that this is an unusual situation that has shocked the Imperial Household Agency staff and others.