She was originally set to graduate from both Kobushi Factory and Hello! Project at the end of the Hello! Project 2017 SUMMER concert tour, however, her contract was cancelled on July 6, 2017.
Fujii Rio was born on March 4, 1999 in Aichi, Japan.
She also participated in the Morning Musume 10ki Member "Genki Jirushi" Audition and made it to the third round, but she chose to continue with the S/mileage audition instead, which was occuring at the same time.
On May 5, Fujii was introduced as a member of Hello Pro Kenshuusei alongside Tanaka Karen, Inaba Manaka, Mikame Kana, Mashiro Kana and Inoue Hikaru at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2013 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~.
In June, Fujii participated in Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2013 ~6gatsu no Nama Tamago Show!~.
On January 2, during the Hello! Project 2015 WINTER ~DANCE MODE!~ concert, it was announced that Fujii would be debuting in a new unit alongside Hamaura Ayano, Taguchi Natsumi, Ogawa Rena, Nomura Minami, Wada Sakurako, Hirose Ayaka and Inoue Rei.
On March 8, during Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2015 ~3gatsu no Nama Tamago Show!~, Fujii Rio was announced sub-leader of Kobushi Factory.
On March 4, Fujii celebrated her 17th birthday at a special event titled Kobushi Factory Fujii Rio Birthday Event 2016, featuring two performances in Tokyo.
On March 7, Fujii celebrated her 18th birthday at a special event titled Kobushi Factory Fujii Rio Birthday Event 2017, featuring two performances in Tokyo.
On May 12, Fujii announced that she would be graduating from Kobushi Factory and Hello! Project at the end of the Hello! Project 2017 SUMMER concert tour as she wants to devote herself to become a teacher or nurse.
| Thank you for your continued support towards Hello! Project and Kobushi Factory
The sub-leader of Kobushi Factory (Magnolia Factory), Rio Fujii will graduate Kobushi Factory (Magnolia Factory) and Hello! Project this summer with the Hello! Project 2017 SUMMER concert tour.
Rio is going to university since this spring but, with her test of last year, she thought again about her future and before becoming a Hello! Pro Kenshusei, she had another dream, becoming a teacher or nurse.
Currently, her activities will continue with the "Live Tour 2017 Spring ～PROGRESSIVE～", the release of their new single "Sharara! Yareruhazusa / Eejanaika Ninjanaika", the release of the movie "JK Ninja Girls".
| I, Rio Fujii, will graduate Kobushi Factory (Magnolia Factory) and Hello! Project with the Hello! Project Concert tour of this summer.
Originally I love Hello! Project and I took the audition I aspired to become a Hello! Pro Kenshusei and to enter Hello! Project. When I became a member of Kobushi Factory (Magnolia Factory), inside me, it was the moment when a huge dream became reality.
From this moment, I recklessly ran into "I want Kobushi Factory (Magnolia Factory) to be more known by many many people!" but,
To all the members of Kobushi Factory (Magnolia Factory), to all the people who always support us,
However, in order to graduate without regretting myself,
Please continue to support Kobushi Factory (Magnolia Factory)
Kobushi Factory (Magnolia Factory)
On July 6, an update on the Hello! Project website stated that her contract with UP-FRONT PROMOTION had been terminated due to her lack of compliance in the rules, and she has subsequently been removed from both Kobushi Factory and Hello! Project.
She has an older brother and a younger brother.
When Fujii joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei, she was a third year middle student. She graduated from high school in March 2017.
Fujii began her first year of university in April 2017.
Fujii's given name, "Rio", means pear tree (梨) and center (央); therefore, the "center of a pear tree".
- RioRio (りおりお): Official nickname, given her since Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
- Name: Fujii Rio (藤井梨央)
- Nickname: RioRio (りおりお)
- Birthday: March 4, 1999
- Birthplace: Aichi, Japan
- Blood type: B
- Height: 150cm
- Western Zodiac: Pisces
- Eastern Zodiac: Rabbit
- Hello! Project Status:
- UP-FRONT PROMOTION Status:
- 2013-05-05: Member
- 2017-07-06: Left
- Kobushi Factory Member Color: Mustard
- Hello! Project groups:
- Specialty: Gymnastics, Forward shoulder roll
- Hobbies: Piano
- Motto: "Gashinshoutan" (臥薪嘗胆; Struggling against difficulties for the sake of vengeance)
- Favorite Color: Gold
- Favorite Sports: Handball
- Favorite Hello! Project song: "Shin•Nippon no Susume!"
- Favorite Morning Musume song: Mikan
- Looks Up To: Suzuki Kanon, Kudo Haruka, Sugaya Risako, Wada Ayaka, Yajima Maimi, Fukuda Kanon, Tamura Meimi
- See also: List:Fujii Rio Discography Featured In
- [2017.02.23] Greeting ~Fujii Rio・Ogawa Rena~
- See also: List:Fujii Rio Publications Featured In
-  JK Ninja Girls
- [2015–2017] The Girls Live
- [2016–2017] Uta-navi! (うたなび！)
- [2013–2017] Hello! Project Station
- [2014–2016] MUSIC+
- [2015–2016] GREEN ROOM
- [2016–2017] Upcoming
- [2016–2017] Girls Night Out
- She learned of Hello! Project through her mother, who is a fan of Tsunku and Sharam Q.
- She wanted to join Hello Pro Kenshuusei because she loves Hello! Project.
- She wanted to become popular and perform at year-end TV shows and specials.
- She wanted to be an intelligent idol who goes on quiz shows and gets rid of the stereotype that idols are idiots.
- She thought she wouldn't lose to any other member in Hello! Project knowledge and throwing handballs really fast.
- Her dream was to join the Hello! Project she's always loved and admired. Her other dream is to attend university like Tsugunaga Momoko and Suzuki Airi.
- She thinks the hardest thing about being a Hello Pro Kenshuusei was trying to balance the program and her studies at the same time.
- Her favorite Hello! Project group is °C-ute, and her favorite member is Yajima Maimi.
- The first Hello! Project concert she went to was the Morning Musume Concert Tour 2011 Haru Shin Souseiki Fantasy DX ~9ki Mem wo Mukaete~.
- Her rivals in Hello Pro Kenshuusei were her generation-mates. They all had the same lessons and time to improve, so she didn't want to fall behind. She didn't want to lose to anyone who joined after her, either. Her rivals in Kobushi Factory were Hirose Ayaka and Hamaura Ayano.
- She loves Hello! Project, which is why she took the S/mileage and Morning Musume auditions, but after she failed, she was upset so she tried the Hello Pro Kenshuusei audition to still be a part of Hello! Project.
- She only listens to Hello! Project music.
- She wants to try singing "Kimagure Princess" by Morning Musume.
- Her favorite historical figure is Prince Shotoku.
- She believes in aliens and has claimed to have seen a UFO.
- When asked what her first impression of Tsunku was, she said he had long hair.
- Tsunku's comments: "Your dancing is incredibly good, so I want to focus more on your singing. I want you to mimic people who are much much better than you. It might be good to try copying Western singers. Dancing, good. Expressions, good. "
- On the last day of the stage play Week End Survivor, Sudou Maasa gave Rio a special Berryz Koubou T-shirt.
- According to the Top Yell July 2016 interview, Fujii's role within the group was "Factory Manager that Keeps the Time".
- She is one of only three Hello! Project members to have had their contracts terminated by Up-Front Promotion, the others being Kago Ai following a scandal in 2007, and Taguchi Natsumi in December 2017.
- Gallery:Fujii Rio
- List:Fujii Rio Discography Featured In
- List:Fujii Rio Concert & Event Appearances
- List:Fujii Rio Publications Featured In
Oldest member of Kobushi Factory
Sub-leader of Kobushi Factory
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 "こぶしファクトリー 藤井梨央に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2017-05-12.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "[EN] Concerning Rio Fujii from Kobushi Factory (Magnolia Factory)." UP-FRONT LINK. 2017-05-12.
- ↑ "こぶしファクトリー 藤井梨央に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2017-07-06.
- ↑ "⊂((みなさんへご報告。藤井梨央))⊃" (in Japanese). Kobushi Factory Official Blog. 2017-05-12.
- ↑ "⊂((ＵＦＯ見たことある人！藤井梨央))⊃" (in Japanese). Kobushi Factory Official Blog. 2015-07-06.
- ↑ What do the girls manage in Kobushi Factory? (Top Yell July 2016)
- Kobushi Factory Profile (archived)
- Hello Pro Kenshuusei Profile (archived)
- Kobushi Factory Official Blog (inactive)
- Hello Pro Kenshuusei Blogs: December 2013, February 2014, September 2014 (not tagged), November/December 2014, February/March 2015, Morning Musume / Berryz Koubou / ℃-ute Tours