Matsunaga Riai, December 2017
|Born||July 7, 2005|
|Agency||UP-FRONT PROMOTION (2017-)|
|Associated Acts||Hello Pro Kenshuusei|
|Hello Pro Kenshuusei Information|
|Time in Group||0 Years, 9 Months, 6 Days|
Matsunaga Riai was born on July 7, 2005 in Osaka, Japan.
Prior to joining Hello Pro Kenshuusei, she was a junior model for Dream Girls magazine.
In March, Matsunaga was one of seven who won the Special Award in the Harajuku Mate×Juni Award model audition.
On March 6, it was announced that Matsunaga had joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei alongside Shimakura Rika, Hibi Marina, Eguchi Saya, Doi Rena, Okamura Minami, Yamada Ichigo, and Nakayama Natsume. She was introduced at the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2017 3gatsu ~Marching!~ on March 11.
Riai has an older brother and a younger sister. Her sister named Nanoa is also a model. She has a Bernese Mountain Dog named Chloe, and a cat named Taiga.
As of April 2017, Matsunaga is currently in her last year of elementary school.
The following list are notable friendships Matsunaga Riai has acquired:
- Doi Rena: She gets along well with Doi Rena in Hello Pro Kenshuusei, and had known her for some time before they joined the program.
- Okamura Minami: She gets along well with Okamura Minami in Hello Pro Kenshuusei, and had met her during their time with Dream Girls magazine.
- Nakayama Natsume: She gets along well with Nakayama Natsume in Hello Pro Kenshuusei, and had known her for some time before they joined the program.
Matsunaga's given name, Riai, means "home" (里) and "love" (愛).
- Richan (りーちゃん): Used by Nakayama Natsume.
- Special Skill: Tongue twisters
- Hobbies: Playing with her dog Chloe, listening to Hello! Project music
- Favorite Music Genre: J-pop (Hello! Project)
- Favorite Sport: Dance
- Favorite School Subject: Music
- Motto: Futou fukutsu (不撓不屈; Never bend, never give in)
- Favorite Food: Waffles made by her mother and ice cream
- Charm Point: Her long hair
- Favorite Color: Yellow, Emerald Green
- Looks Up To: Sato Masaki, Sasaki Rikako
- [2017-] Hello! Project Station
- She has won her school's marathon race (girls' division) for the past 5 years.
- She had attended an ANGERME handshake event before joining Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
- She had previously met her Hello Pro Kenshuusei generation-mates Doi Rena, Nakayama Natsume and Okamura Minami before they joined, the latter of which she met as a model for Dream Girls magazine.
- She shares her birthday with Ikuta Erina and Kawamura Ayano.