Rena Kato

Rena Kato (加藤 玲奈, Katō Rena, born July 10, 1997) is a Japanese singer, dancer, model, and an actress. She is a member of the Japanese female idol group AKB48, and is in Team A.[1]

Rena Kato
加藤 玲奈
Kato Rena in 2019
Kato Rena in 2019
Background information
Also known asRenacchi (れなっち)
Born (1997-07-10) July 10, 1997 (age 23)
OriginChiba, Chiba, Japan
Occupation(s)idol, singer
Years active2010–present
LabelsKing Records (AKB48)
Avex Trax (Anrire)
Associated actsAKB48, AnRiRe

She was also a member, along with her good friends Anna Iriyama and Rina Kawaei, of a one-shot AKB48 subunit named AnRiRe.[2] Formed in 2012, the trio released their first and only single "Ikujinashi Masquerade" with Rino Sashihara from HKT48, charting at number one in Japan.[3]

Early and personal lifeEdit

Kato was born on July 10, 1997, in Chiba, Chiba, Japan. As a child, she appeared in many magazines as a model, and subsequently joined AKB48, aspiring to become a famous model someday. She joined AKB48 to pursue that dream, with the encouragement of her friends.[citation needed]


Kato participated in the 10th-generation auditions held by AKB48, and joined as a kenkyuusei trainee in March 2010. She officially participated on AKB48 singles on Chance no Junban's coupling song, titled "Fruits Snow", as part of Team Kenkyusei. On December 17, 2011, Rena Katō, together with two other members of AKB48, Ami Maeda and Anna Iriyama, held a large autograph-signing event in Hong Kong.[4]

At the end of 2011, while still an AKB48 trainee, she appeared on the cover of the Japanese magazine Weekly Playboy with seven other top members of AKB48 and SKE48. It was the last issue of 2011.[5] In 2012, she participated in the AKB48 drama Majisuka Gakuen 3, which was a sequel to the series, but with a different storyline completely unrelated to the previous adaptations. She was also promoted to Team 4 on March 23, 2012. Soon after the TV series Shiritsu Bakaleya Kōkō ended on June 30, 2012, it was announced that Rena Katō would participate in its film adaptation. The movie would star several Johnny's Jr. and AKB48 members.[6][7] She participated on her very first A-side in AKB48 on the summer single titled "Manatsu No Sounds Good!".[citation needed]

She was transferred to Team B after the AKB48 Tokyo Dome Shuffle on August 24, 2012, where her then-team, the first version of Team 4, was disbanded. In 2013, she participated on her second A-side in AKB48 on the summer single "Sayonara Crawl", which included 38 members. She got her very first center song in "Heart Electric", the 33rd single's B-side, "Kaisoku To Dotai Shiryoku", as the center of Undergirls, a duo center with SKE48 member Suda Akari. On 2014, she got a knee injury and had to temporarily postpone her AKB48 activities, as a result, she was not able to participate in the Unit Matsuri 2014, as well as the AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 200, except on the final day. Even with an injury, she and Yuki Kashiwagi held a large autograph-signing and handshake event in Hong Kong with thousands of fans. She resumed her activities on February 16, 2014.[8] She was transferred to Team 4 during the AKB48 Group Daisokaku Matsuri.[9] She joined the Senbatsu for the third time in the 37th single's A-side, titled "Labrador Retriever", released on May 21, 2014. On March 26, 2015, she was transferred to team B in AKB48 Spring Shuffle 2015 event.[citation needed]

From 2015 to 2017, Kato held annual contests called Renacchi Sōsenkyo (れなっち総選挙, "Renacchi Elections"), inspired by the AKB48 Group's Senbatsu Sōsenkyo. It started when Kato made a list of her favorite members on social media at her fans' request, but received the approval of Yasushi Akimoto shortly after and eventually became an official event. Every year, AKB48 Group members can apply for the opportunity to take part in singles, photoshoots, and theatrical productions organized by her.[10] Despite the name, the winners are decided by Kato and her team instead of by election.



With AKB48Edit

Year No. Title Role[11] Notes
2010 19 "Chance no Junban" B-side Her very first single appearance in AKB48. Did not participate in title track. Sang on the track "Fruits Snow" as Team Kenkyuusei.
2011 20 "Sakura no Ki ni Narō" B-side Did not participate in title track. Sang on the track "Ougon Center" as Team Kenkyuusei.
21 "Everyday, Katyusha" B-side Did not participate in title track. Sang on the track "Anti" as Team Kenkyuusei.
23 "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" B-side Did not participate in title track. Sang on the track "Kimi No Senaka" as Undergirls, and on "Tsubomitachi" as Team 4 + Kenkyuusei.
2012 25 "Give Me Five!" Special Girls A Did not participate in title track. Sang on the track "New Ship" as part of Special Girls A.
26 "Manatsu no Sounds Good!" A-side, Selection 10 Her very first participation on an A-side. Also sang on the track "Choudai, Darling!" as part of Selection 10.
27 "Gingham Check" B-side Did not rank on the election. Sang on the track "Ano Hi No Fuurin" as Waiting Girls.
28 "Uza" B-side, New Team B Did not participate on title track. Sang on the track "Tsugi No Season" as Undergirls, and on "Seigi No Mikata Janai Hero" as New Team B. She is now part of Team B.
29 "Eien Pressure" B-side, OKL48 Did not participate on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Watashitachi No Reason"; and on "Eien Yori Tsuzuku Yōu Ni" as part of OKL48.
2013 30 "So Long!" B-side Did not participate on title track. Sang on the track "Waiting Room" as Undergirls, and on "Sokode Inu no Unchi Funjau Kane?" as Team B.
31 "Sayonara Crawl" A-side Also sang on "Romance Kenjuu" as Team B.
33 "Heart Electric" B-side, Center Did not participate on title track. Sang on the track "Kaisoku To Doutai Shiryoku" as the center of Undergirls, a duo center with Suda Akari.
34 "Suzukake no Ki no Michi de "Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru" to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dō Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono" B-side Did not participate on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament.[12] Sang on the track "Mosh & Dive" as Undergirls, and "Party Is Over" as AKB48 Senbatsu.[13]
2014 35 "Mae Shika Mukanee" B-side Did not participate on title track. Sang on the track "Kino Yori Motto Suki" as Undergirls.
36 "Labrador Retriever" A-side Also sang on "Heart no Dasshutsu Game" as New Team 4. She is now part of Team 4.
37 "Kokoro no Placard" B-side Ranked 32nd in 2014 General Election. Sang on "Dareka ga Nageta Ball" as Undergirls.
38 "Kiboteki Refrain" A-Side Also sang on "Me o Akete Mama no First Kiss" as part of Team 4.
2015 39 "Green Flash" B-side Sang "Haru no Hikari Chikadzuita Natsu"
40 "Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai" A-side
41 "Halloween Night" B-side Did not participate on title track. Ranked 28th in 2015 General Election. Also sang on "Sayonara Surfboard", "Ippome Ondo", "Yankee Machine Gun" and "Gunzou".
42 "Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby" A-Side Also sang on "Madona's Choice" as a part of Renacchi's Senbatsu Sousenkyo and "Kin no Hane wo Motsu Hito yo" as part of Team B.
2016 43 "Kimi wa Melody" A-side Marked as the 10th Anniversary Single. Also sang on "LALALA Message" as Next Generation Senbatsu and "Mazariau Mono" as NogizakaAKB.
44 "Tsubasa wa Iranai" A-side Sang on "Koi o Suru to Baka o Miru" as Team B.
45 "Love Trip / Shiawase wo Wakenasai" B-side Also sang "Densetsu no Sakana" as Under Girls and "Black Flower".
46 "High Tension" A-side Sang on "Happy End" as Team B.
2017 47 "Shoot Sign" A-side Sang on "Accident Chū"
48 "Negaigoto no Mochigusare" A-side


With AKB48Edit

Year Title Album Notes
2011 High School Days Koko ni Ita Koto Her very first album appearance in AKB48. She participated as an AKB48 trainee.
Koko ni Ita Koto Sang with AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and SDN48 members.
2012 Itsuka Mita Umi no Soko 1830m Sang as Up-And-Coming Girls.
Chokkaku Sunshine Sang by Team 4 members.
Yasashisa no Chizu Sang by Selection 10. The song was used for a campaign with AKB48 and the Japanese Red Cross.
Aozora yo Sabishikunai ka? Sang with AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and the HKT48 members.
2014 Watashi Leaf Tsugi no Ashiato Sang with Rina Kawaei, Anna Iriyama, and Jurina Matsui.
Ponkotsu Blues Sang by Majisuka Gakuen 3 main cast.
Kanashiki Kinkyori Renai Sang with Team B.
2015 Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe! Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe! Sang with AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48 members and Rina Ikoma from Nogizaka46.
Namida wa ato Mawashi Sang with Team 4.
Music Junkie 0 to 1 no Aida Sang with Team B.
Rosario Sang with Anna Iriyama, Yuria Kizaki and Haruka Kodama.

With Sashihara Rino with AnrireEdit

Chart performanceEdit
Title Release date Chart position Oricon sales Notes

"Ikujinashi Masquerade"
"Sissy Masquerade")
October 17, 2012 1 4 68,403 81,769 Single by Sashihara Rino with Anrire

Stage unitsEdit

Team Kenkyūusei 4th Stage "Theater no Megami"
  1. "Hatsukoi yo, Konnichiwa" (初恋よ こんにちは)
Team B 5th Stage "Theater no Megami"
  1. "Romance Kakurenbo (Zenza Girls)" (ロマンスかくれんぼ)
Team K 6th Stage "Reset"
  1. "Lemon No Toshigoro (Zenza Girls)" (檸檬の年頃)
Team A 5th Stage "Mokugekisha"
  1. "Miniskirt No Yosei (Zenza Girls)" (ミニスカートの妖精)
Team 4 1st Stage "Boku No Taiyo"
  1. "Idol Nante Yobanaide" (アイドルなんて呼ばないで)
Team B Waiting Stage
  1. "Dakishimeraretara" (抱きしめられたら)
Team 4 3rd Stage "Idol No Yoake"
  1. "Kataomoi No Taikakusen (Center)" (片思いの対角線)



TV dramasEdit

Variety showsEdit

  • AKBingo! (April 2, 2011 - ongoing, TV Tokyo)
  • Shukan AKB (June 1, 2011 - May 25, 2012, TV Tokyo)
  • Ariyoshi AKB Kyowakoku (January 20, 2011 - ongoing, TBS)
  • AKB Nemousu TV (Season 8 - 9, Family Gekijo)

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  • AKB Konto, Bimyo (October 20, 2011 - November 3, 2011, Hikari TV)
  • AKB48 to Chome Chome! (Yomiuri TV)
  • AKB48 no Anta, Dare? (NotTV)
  • AKB Kousagi Dojo (December 7, 2012 - March 28, 2014, TV Tokyo)
  • Saturday Night Child Machine (April 13, 2013 - June 29, 2013, TV Tokyo)
  • AKB Kanko Taishi (April 10, 2014, FujiTV)


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