The former governor is the Akashi Lady's father. He desperately wants his daughter to marry someone important in the city and instructs her to throw herself into the sea if he can't make this happen for her. He invites Genji to come stay with him in Akashi after a supernaturally strong storm ravages the coast and the city. During the storm, the former governor sets a boat out to find Genji, as someone came to him in a dream and told him to do so. The former governor does whatever he can to make Genji comfortable and lives a life that's only slightly less grand than Genji's life at court had been. Though he pushes the Akashi Lady towards Genji and is successful in getting them to start a relationship, he's somewhat unsure what to do after the relationship begins. He appears to believe Genji when Genji promises to bring the Akashi Lady and the baby to court.