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Fujii Rio (藤井梨央) is a former Japanese idol as a member and sub-leader the Hello! Project group Kobushi Factory. She was first introduced as a trainee at the 2013 test event on May 5, 2013 alongside five other girls.

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, November 2016

Fujii Rio, July 2016

Fujii Rio, February 2016

Fujii Rio, September 2015

Fujii Rio, March 2015

Fujii Rio, February 2014

Fujii Rio, November 2013

Fujii Rio, June 2013

Early Life[]

Fujii Rio was born on March 4, 1999 in Aichi, Japan.


In 2011, Fujii participated in the S/mileage second generation audition and made it to the finals, but she was not chosen to join S/mileage.

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.[1]

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.
She made herself the request of devoting herself into her studies.
She thought about the balance between her activities with Kobushi Factory (Magnolia Factory) but she was worried, and after many discussions, it came to the conclusion of a graduation.

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".
Thank you for your continued support towards Rio Fuji as well as Kobushi Factory (Magnolia Factory).

Representative Director
Takeshi Nishiguchi

Statement from Fujii Rio[1][2]
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,
Last year, when I was a senior in high school and became a student preparing examinations, I could not give up on my old dream of becoming a teacher or nurse.

To all the members of Kobushi Factory (Magnolia Factory), to all the people who always support us,
There are still many dreams that those 8 people have not achieved yet,
So I would like to apologize to graduate at this moment.

However, in order to graduate without regretting myself,
In order to achieve, even a little, dreams and goals for the 8 people,
I will use my whole energy for until the graduation, with great efforts.

Please continue to support Kobushi Factory (Magnolia Factory)

Kobushi Factory (Magnolia Factory)
Rio Fujii

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.[3]

Personal Life[]

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.[4]

Fujii most notably got along with Yajima Maimi and Hirose Ayaka. Her pairing name with Hirose was "Rio-Pan", a combination of their nicknames "RioRio" and "Aya-pan".

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.


  • 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

  • Discography[]

    Main article: Fujii Rio/Discography


    Fanclub DVDs[]


    Main article: Fujii Rio/Publications

    Joint Photobooks[]




    TV Programs[]

    • [2015–2017] The Girls Live
    • [2016–2017] Uta-navi! (うたなび!)


    Music Video[]


    • 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.[5]
    • 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".[6]
    • 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.

    Honorary Titles[]

    Honorary Titles
    Preceded by
    Oldest member of Kobushi Factory
    2015 – 2017
    Succeeded by
    Hirose Ayaka
    Preceded by
    Sub-leader of Kobushi Factory
    2015 – 2017
    Succeeded by


    1. 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. 2.0 2.1 "[EN] Concerning Rio Fujii from Kobushi Factory (Magnolia Factory)." UP-FRONT LINK. 2017-05-12.
    3. "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.
    4. "⊂((みなさんへご報告。藤井梨央))⊃" (in Japanese). Kobushi Factory Official Blog. 2017-05-12.
    5. "⊂((UFO見たことある人!藤井梨央))⊃" (in Japanese). Kobushi Factory Official Blog. 2015-07-06.
    6. What do the girls manage in Kobushi Factory? (Top Yell July 2016)

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