Kawaei Rina

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Kawaei Rina
Kawaei Rina (2015)
Kanji 川栄李奈
Kana かわえい りな
Romaji Kawaei Rina
Nickname Ricchan (りっちゃん)
Birth Info
Birthdate February 12, 1995  
Birthplace Flag of Japan.png Kanagawa, Japan
Blood type O
Current Age 27 Years Old
Height 152cm
Professional Info
Agency avex management
Social Networks Ameblo / Instagram / Twitter
Idol Career Info
Former Group AKB48
Former Team Team A
Debuted July 2010
Graduated August 2015

Kawaei Rina was a member of AKB48's Team A. She is now an actress affiliated with avex management.


弾ける笑顔でスマイルセンター,チーム A 川栄李奈です。
Hajikeru egao de SUMAIRU SENTAA, CHIIMU A no Kawaei Rina desu
(Smile Center will pop out with a smile, I am Kawaei Rina from Team A)


  • Audition Song: Oogoe Diamond
  • Admired member: Maeda Atsuko
  • Hobby: Playing
  • Favorite AKB48 song: Iiwake Maybe
  • Favorite animal: Dog
    • She owns two dogs.
  • Favorite color: Pink
  • Favorite country: France
  • Favorite movie: Koizora
  • Favorite number: 2
  • She was also called "Kawaei" and "Kawae" by the members, and "Eiko-chan" by Nakanishi Chiyori.
  • She was known for having foot odor. On variety shows, several members were forced to sniff her feet.
  • She is a former member of the unit AnRiRe with her good friends Iriyama Anna and Kato Rena.
  • She scored the lowest of all participants on test that was part of Mecha mecha iketeru! AKB48 Kimatsu Test. Being AKB48's "dumbest member" earned her the title "Baka (Idiot) Center". As a result, she was given the center position of BKA48 and the song Hasute to Wasute.
  • She is a member of the ksgk ("annoying kids") Senbatsu with Tano Yuka, Oshima Ryoka and Takahashi Juri, a popular joke between Team A members.
  • She was named the ace of the 11th Generation.
  • On May 25th, 2014, she and Iriyama Anna were attacked by a man wielding a handsaw during a national handshake event in Iwate prefecture. Rina’s right thumb was fractured and cut by the saw. She was treated at a local hospital, took a hiatus from many activities afterword, and did not attend another national handshake event for the remainder of her time in the group. See Iwate Incident for more information.
    • In the music video for Oshiete Mommy she appears and dances with her arm hidden behind her back due to her hand injuries.
  • She announced her graduation from the group on March 26, 2015, declaring that since she could not participate in handshake events anymore after the Iwate Incident, she no longer felt fit to be an idol. Since then, she has focused on her acting career.
  • On May 17, 2019, she married actor Hirose Tomoki.
    • On November 8, 2019, she gave birth to her first child.
  • Since graduation, she has gone on to be one of the most successful AKB48 members and actress in her own right.
    • She has appeared in several NHK productions, including two Taiga dramas, and notably starred in Come Come Everybody, the 105th NHK Asadora series.

AKB48 Senbatsu Elections

AKB48 Janken Tournaments

Team History

AKB48 KenkyuuseiTeam 4Team A → Graduation
Joined AKB48 as a Kenkyuusei on July 24, 2010
Promoted to Team 4 on March 23, 2012 (Saitama Super Arena)
Transferred to Team A on August 24, 2012 (Tokyo Dome Team Shuffle)
Graduated from AKB48 Team A on August 4, 2015 to focus on her acting career (Announcement: March 26, 2015 at the AKB48 Spring Concert 2015 | Graduation Ceremony: August 2, 2015 at Saitama Super Arena)

Singles Participation

AKB48 A-Sides

AKB48 B-Sides

Other Singles

Albums Participation

AKB48 Albums



NyaaKB with Tsuchinoko Panda

Stage Units

RS4 (Theater no Megami)
Hatsukoi yo, Konnichiwa
41 (Boku no Taiyou)
Boku to Juliet to Jet Coaster
Higurashi no Koi (During Oba Mina's suspension)
Team A Waiting Stage
Skirt, Hirari
Tenshi no Shippo
Zannen Shoujo (New Units)
A5 (Renai Kinshi Jourei)
Renai Kinshi Jourei (Revival)

Concert Units

AKB48 First Dome Concert "Yossha~Ikuzo~! in Seibu Dome"

AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2011

Unit Matsuri 2012

Gyomu Renraku. Tanomuzo, Katayama Bucho! in Saitama Super Arena

Washington D.C. Concert

AKB48 in TOKYO DOME ~1830m no Yume~

AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2012

Unit Matsuri 2013

AKB48 Group Rinji Soukai "Shirokuro tsukeyou janai ka!"

AKB48 Group

AKB48 2013 Manatsu no Dome Tour ~Mada mada, Yaranakya Ikenai koto ga aru~

Fukuoka Dome
Sapporo Dome
Osaka Dome

AKB48 8th Anniversary

AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2013

Unit Matsuri 2014

AKB48 National Olympic Stadium Concert

AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2014

AKB48 Manatsu no Tandoku Concert in SSA 〜Kawaei-san no Koto ga Suki Deshita〜


Media Appearances


  • Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou (2012)
  • Death Note: Light Up the New World (デスノート Light up the NEW world) (2016)
  • Ajin: Demi-Human (亜人) (2017)
  • Principal (プリンシパル 恋する私はヒロインですか?) (2018)
  • The Lies She Loved (嘘を愛する女) (2018)
  • For Love's Sake (恋のしずく) (2018)
  • My Teacher, My Love (センセイ君主) (2018)
  • The House Where the Mermaid Sleeps (人魚の眠る家) (2018)
  • Don't Cry, Mr. Ogre (泣くな赤鬼) (2019)
  • Diner (Diner ダイナー) (2019)
  • Until I Meet September's Love (九月の恋と出会うまで) (2019)
  • Step (ステップ) (2020)
  • Jigoku no Hanazono (地獄の花園) (2021)


  • Majisuka Gakuen 3 (マジスカ学園3) (2012)
  • So long! (2013)
  • Sailor Zombie (2014)
  • Gomen ne Seishun! (ごめんね青春!) (2014)
  • SHARK (2014)
  • Majisuka Gakuen 4 (マジスカ学園4) (2015)
  • Whispers from a Crime Scene (ヒガンバナ~警視庁捜査七課~) (2016)
  • Toto Nee-Chan: Fatherly Sister (とと姉ちゃん) (2016)
  • The Single Teacher Miss Hayato (早子先生, 結婚するって本当ですか?) (2016)
  • Death Cash (死幣-DEATH CASH-) (2016)
  • The Braze Yoshihiko and the Seven Driven People (勇者ヨシヒコと導かれし七人) (2016)
  • Kanjo Hachi Gosen (感情8号線) (2017)
  • Frankenstein's Love (フランケンシュタインの恋) (2017)
  • Fugitive Boys (僕たちがやりました) (2017)
  • Ashi-girl (アシガール) (2017)
  • Otoko no Misao (男の操) (2017)
  • Hotel on the Brink (崖っぷちホテル!) (2018)
  • Caseworker's Diary (健康で文化的な最低限度の生活) (2018)
  • Idaten (いだてん〜東京オリムピック噺〜) (2019)
  • Mr. Hiiragi's Homeroom (3 Nen A Kumi) (3年A組-今から皆さんは、人質です-) (2019)
  • Mr. Housekeeper, Mitazono (Season 3) (家政夫のミタゾノ) (2019)
  • RemoteLove (#リモラブ 〜普通の恋は邪道〜) (2020)
  • BG: Personal Bodyguard (Season 2) (BG〜身辺警護人〜) (2020)
  • Familiar Wife (知ってるワイフ) (2021)
  • Reach Beyond the Blue Sky (青天を衝け) (2021)
  • Come Come Everybody (カムカムエヴリバディ) (2021 - 2022)

Variety Shows

  • Shukan AKB
  • AKB48 Nemousu Terebi (Season 8/9)
  • High Noon TV Viking! (バイキング) (2014 - 2015) - Exclusive Reporter
  • A-Studio (2018 - 2019) - 10th Generation Sub MC
  • Golden Manabi Week (ゴールデンまなびウィーク) (2018) - Student Representative


Kawaei Rina's graduation in Saitama Super Arena (2015)
Kawaei Rina 6th Senbatsu Sousenkyo Poster (2014)
Kawaei Rina (2014)
Kawaei Rina (2013)
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Kawaei Rina (2012)
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Kawaei Rina (2011)
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Kawaei Rina (2010)