Rina Kawaei

Rina Kawaei (川栄 李奈, Kawaei Rina, born February 12, 1995, in Kanagawa Prefecture) is a Japanese actress and former singer. She is a former member of team A of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48.[2] 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",[3] which charted at number one in the Japanese Oricon weekly singles chart.[4]

Rina Kawaei
廣瀬 李奈
Kawaei Rina from "The House Where the Mermaid Sleeps" World Premiere Red Carpet of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2018 (43865481800).jpg
Kawaei at the premiere of "The House Where the Mermaid Sleeps" as part of the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival, October 2018
川栄 李奈

(1995-02-12) February 12, 1995 (age 25)[1]
Other namesRicchan (りっちゃん) (Nickname)
Years active2010–present
Tomoki Hirose (m. 2019)
Musical career
Associated acts


2012 – May 2014Edit

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

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.[5][6]

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.[citation needed]

At the 2013 AKB48 general election, she placed 25th with 26,764 votes,[7] 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 thumb and Iriyama's right little finger were both fractured and cut, and the girls also suffered wounds to their heads), and were taken to a hospital for surgery. The event, as well as all other group activities on that day, were halted.[8][9][10][11][12][13]

June 2014 – presentEdit

At AKB48's 2014 general election she placed 16th with 39,120 votes[14] 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.[15][better source needed] 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 with Mitsuki Takahata in an NHK Morning Drama Toto Neechan (とと姉ちゃん).[16][17]

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.[18]

On May 17, 2019, Kawaei announced her pregnancy and her marriage to actor Tomoki Hirose, and said she will still try to continue to work in the entertainment industry. [19]


Singles with AKB48Edit

Year No. Title Role[20] Notes
2011 20 "Sakura no Ki ni Narō" Team Kenkyūsei Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Ōgon Center" with Team Kenkyūsei. First appearance on an AKB48 single.
21 "Everyday, Katyusha" Team Kenkyūsei Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Anti" with Team Kenkyūsei.
23 "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" Team 4+Kenkyūsei Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Tsubomitachi" as Team4+Kenkyūsei
2012 25 "Give Me Five!" Special Girls A Did not sing on title track. Sang "New Ship" with Special Girls A. Sang in chorus with Baby Blossom.[21]
26 "Manatsu no Sounds Good!" A-side First appearance on title track. She is now part of Team 4.[22]
27 "Gingham Check" Waiting Girls Did not place in 2012 General Election.[23][24] Did not sing on title track. She sang on "Ano Hi no Furin" with the Waiting Girls.
28 "Uza" Under Girls Sang on "Tsugi no Season" and "Kodoku na Hoshizora". Moved to New Team A.
29 "Eien Pressure" B-side, OKL48 Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Totteoki Christmas". Sang on "Eien Yori Tsuzuku Yō ni" as part of OKL48.[25]
2013 30 "So Long!" Under Girls Sang on "Waiting Room".[26] Also sang on "Ruby" as Team A.
31 "Sayonara Crawl" A-side [27] Also sang on "Ikiru Koto" as Team A, and "Hasute to Wasute" as BKA48.[citation needed]
32 "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie" Under Girls Ranked 25th in 2013 General Election.[7] Sang on "Ai no Imi wo Kangaete Mita".
33 "Heart Electric" A-side Sang on title track with English name "Kawaey"
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 sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament.[28] Sang on "Mosh & Dive".[29] Sang on "Party is Over".
2014 35 "Mae shika Mukanee" A-side
36 "Labrador Retriever" A-side
37 "Kokoro no Placard" A-side Ranked 16th in 2014 General Election. Also sang on "Oshiete Mommy".
38 "Kibouteki Refrain" A-side
2015 39 "Green Flash" A-side Also sang "Majisuka Fight" and "Haru no Hikari Chikadzuita Natsu"
40 "Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai" A-side Last Single in AKB48. Also sang "Kimi no Dai-ni shou" which was also her graduation song.
41 "Halloween Night" B-side Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Yankee Machine Gun".

With AnrireEdit

Other AKB48 songsEdit

Stage unitsEdit

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)



TV dramasEdit

Japanese dubEdit

TV variety showsEdit

  • 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)


Year Award Category Work(s) Result
2019 61st Blue Ribbon Awards Best Supporting Actress The House Where The Mermaid Sleeps, The Lies She Loved Nominated


  • Kawaei's reason for graduating is after the Iwate Incident back on May 25, 2014, she declared that since she couldn't participate handshake events anymore, she now wants to focus on her acting career.


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