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Rina Kawaei

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Native name  川栄 李奈
Associated acts  AKB48 Anrire
Music group  AKB48 (2012 – 2015)
Genres  J-pop

Instruments  Vocals
Role  Singer
Name  Rina Kawaei
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Born  February 12, 1995 (age 20) (1995-02-12)
Origin  Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Albums  Team A 4th Stage "Tadaima Renai Chuu"
Movies and TV shows  Majisuka Gakuen, AKBINGO!, Gekijoban Shiritsu Bakaleya
Similar People  Anna Iriyama, Haruka Shimazaki, Yui Yokoyama, Sayaka Yamamoto, Juri Takahashi

Occupation(s)  Japanese idol singer
Years active  2010–2015 (as AKB48)
Record labels  Avex Group, King Records

Actress, Singer Rina Kawaei Announces Marriage, Pregnancy

Rina Kawaei (川栄 李奈, Kawaei Rina, born February 12, 1995 in Kanagawa Prefecture) is a Japanese singer and actress. She was a member of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48. She was in Team A. She was also in a group called Anrire with AKB48 members Anna Iriyama and Rena Katō; they were featured in Rino Sashihara's single "Ikujinashi Masquerade", which charted at number one in the Japanese Oricon weekly singles chart.


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2012 – May 2014

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Kawaei auditioned for AKB48 and was selected to join the seventh kenkyūsei (trainee) generation (11th AKB48 generation overall) in July 2010.

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In March 2012, she was promoted to Team 4, and was transferred to Team A in August. Soon after the TV series Shiritsu Bakaleya Kōkō ended on June 30, it was announced that Kawaei would participate in its film adaptation. The movie would star several members from the groups Johnny's Jr. and AKB48.

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In 2013, during a broadcast of a special episode of the comedy show Mecha-Mecha Iketeru!, it was announced that Kawaei would perform as center in a song of the special unit BKA48 that will be included on AKB48's single "Sayonara Crawl" to be released in May.

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At the 2013 AKB48 general election, she placed 25th with 26,764 votes, and thus gained a place as an Under Girl for the next single "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie".


On May 25, 2014, during an event held at the Iwate Industry Culture & Convention Center in Takizawa, Iwate, she, along with Anna Iriyama and a staff member were attacked by a 24-year-old man wielding a handsaw, who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder. All three victims suffered wounds including bone fractures on their fingers (reportedly, Kawaei's right hand thumb and Iriyama's right hand little finger were both fractured and cut, the girls also suffered wounds to their heads), and were taken to hospital for surgery. The event, as well as all other group activities on that day, were halted.

June 2014 – present

At AKB48's 2014 general election she placed 16th with 39,120 votes and thus gained a place in the promotional line-up for the next single "Kokoro no Placard".

On March 26, 2015, she announced that she would be leaving the group. She had her graduation ceremony during AKB48's Summer Concert in Saitama Super Arena on August 2 and had her last stage performance on August 4, 2015.

In November 2015 it was announced that she would star as Mitsuki Takahata in an NHK Morning Drama Toto Neechan (とと姉ちゃん).

She also took part as a guest voice actor in the animated movie PriPara Minna no Akogare Let's Go PriPari (プリパラ み~んなのあこがれ♪レッツゴー☆プリパリ) that was premiered on March 12, 2016. She provided the voice for Minifaruru, the younger sister of Faruru who is the main character. This will be Kawaei's debut in a theatrical anime.

with Anrire

  • "Ikujinashi Masquerade" (2012) – Rino Sashihara featuring Anrire
  • Other AKB48 songs

  • Sugar Rush (2012)
  • Stage units

    Team Kenkyūsei "Theater no Megami"
    1. "Hatsukoi yo, Konnichiwa" (初恋よ こんにちは)
    Team 4 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyou"
    1. "Higurashi no Koi" (ヒグラシノコイ)
    Team A Waiting Stage
    1. "Skirt, Hirari" (スカート、ひらり)
    2. "Tenshi no Shippo" (天使のしっぽ)


  • Gekijōban Shiritsu Bakaleya Kōkō (October 13, 2012)
  • PriPara Mi~nna no Akogare Let's Go PriPari (2016) as Mini-Falulu
  • Death Note: Light Up the New World (2016), Sakura Aoi
  • Ajin: Demi-Human (2017) as Izumi Shimomura
  • Uso wo Aisuru Onna (2017) as Kokoha
  • Koi no Shizuku (2018) as Shiori Tachibana
  • TV dramas

  • Majisuka Gakuen 2 (2011) as Rina
  • Majisuka Gakuen 3 (2012) as Nanashi
  • SHARK (2014) as Kaede Konno
  • Sailor Zombie (2014) as Momoka Takizawa
  • Gomen ne Seishun as Ai Jinbo
  • Majisuka Gakuen 4 (2015) as Bakamono
  • Majisuka Gakuen 5 (2015) as Bakamono
  • Tokyo Sentimental (2016) (ep.3, guest appearance)
  • Toto Neechan (2016) as Tomie Morita
  • Death Cash (2016) as Shi Hei
  • Hayako Sensei, Kekkon Surutte Honto Desu Ka? (2016) as Fuko Moriyama
  • Koe Koi (2016) as Kaori Takashima (guest appearance)
  • Death Note: New Generation (2016) as Sakura Aoi
  • Frankenstein's Love (2017) as Mikoto
  • We Did It (2017) as Koyoi Niizato
  • TV variety shows

  • Ariyoshi AKB Kyōwakoku (有吉AKB共和国) (TBS)
  • Shūkan AKB (週刊AKB) (TV Tokyo)
  • AKB48 Nemōsu TV (AKB48ネ申テレビ) (Family Gekijō)
  • AKB48 to Chome Chome! (AKBと××!) (April 19, 2012, Yomiuri TV)
  • AKBingo! (June 27, 2012, TV Tokyo)
  • Bimyō na Tobira AKB 48 no Gachichare (びみょ〜な扉 AKB48のガチチャレ) (October 12, 2012, Hikari TV)
  • References

    Rina Kawaei Wikipedia