Princess Kako to have 1-month homestay in U.S.

Princess Kako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, will have a homestay in the United States for about a month during her summer vacation, it was reported to a Cabinet meeting Tuesday.

The 18-year-old daughter of Prince Akishino, the emperor's second son, will leave Japan on Aug. 3 to stay at the home of an acquaintance of Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko in Massachusetts before returning to Japan on Sept. 4.

It will be the first time for Princess Kako, a freshman at Gakushuin University in Tokyo, to visit a foreign country on her own, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

The family's older daughter, Princess Mako, homestayed in Austria when she was in the third year of Gakushuin Girls' Junior High School and studied in Ireland and Britain after entering International Christian University.