Matsunaga Riai, March 2018
|Born||July 7, 2005|
|Agency||UP-FRONT PROMOTION (2017-)|
|Associated Acts||Hello Pro Kenshuusei|
|Hello Pro Kenshuusei Information|
|Time in Group||1 Year, 2 Months, 20 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.
On July 3, Matsunaga will participate in a fanclub event at Midland Square Cinema 2 titled Hello Pro Kenshuusei Special Event in Nagoya ~Hajimemashite! 4~ alongside Hibi Marina, Doi Rena and Okamura Minami.
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 2018, Matsunaga is currently in her first year of middle school.
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 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.