Inoue Rei
Inoue Rei promoting "Start Line"
Nicknames Reirei (れいれい?)
Birth Info
Born July 17, 2001 (2001-07-17) (age 18)
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Blood Type O
Zodiac Sign Cancer Cancer
Height 161cm
Professional Info
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Idol, Singer
Years Active 2012-present
(7 years)
Agency TNX (2012-2014)
Associated Acts NICE GIRL Project! Kenshuusei, Hello Pro Kenshuusei, Kobushi Factory, KaReiPan
Kobushi Factory Info
Joined January 2, 2015
Member Color      Purple
Debut Single Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan / Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta / Nen ni wa Nen (Nen'iri Ver.)
Last Single Seishun no Hana / Start Line
Left March 30, 2020
Time in Group 5 Years, 2 Months, 28 Days
Hello Pro Kenshuusei Info
Joined November 29, 2014
Generation 22nd Generation
Graduated November 5, 2015
Time in Group 11 Months, 8 Days
Blog Ameblo-favicon.png Kobushi Factory Official Blog
 Rei's autograph 
Inoue Rei (井上玲音) is a Japanese idol under Hello! Project. She was first introduced as a Hello Pro Kenshuusei member on November 29, 2014 at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2014 ~11gatsu・12gatsu no Nama Tamago Show!~ alongside eight other girls and on January 2, 2015, was announced as a member of Kobushi Factory.

Prior to joining Hello Pro Kenshuusei, she was a member of NICE GIRL Project! Kenshuusei.

On March 30, 2020, Kobushi Factory disbanded, and Inoue is the only member of the group to remain under Hello! Project.[1]



Inoue Rei, October 2019


Inoue Rei, April 2019


Inoue Rei, August 2018


Inoue Rei, March 2018


Inoue Rei, December 2017


Inoue Rei, June 2017


Inoue Rei, November 2016


Inoue Rei, July 2016


Inoue Rei, February 2016


Inoue Rei, September 2015


Inoue Rei, March 2015


Inoue Rei, March 2015

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Inoue Rei, January 2015


Inoue Rei

Early LifeEdit

Inoue Rei was born on July 17, 2001 in Tokyo, Japan.


On July 29, Inoue participated in her first live as a member of NICE GIRL Project! Kenshuusei, in the "Trainees Collection Vol.6" at Shibuya Glad.


On November 16, NICE GIRL Project!'s trainee program was abolished. Soon after, Inoue, alongside Hashimoto Nagisa, Horie Kizuki, Ogata Risa, Shimano Momoko and Hirose Ayaka, were given the opportunity to become members of Hello Pro Kenshuusei, transferring to UP-FRONT PROMOTION and joining Hello! Project. She was formally introduced during the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2014 ~11gatsu・12gatsu no Nama Tamago Show!~ on November 29 alongside the former NICE GIRL Project! trainees and three other girls.


On January 2, during the Hello! Project 2015 WINTER ~DANCE MODE!~ concert, it was announced that Inoue would be debut in a new Hello Pro Kenshuusei unit alongside Hamaura Ayano, Taguchi Natsumi, Ogawa Rena, Nomura Minami, Wada Sakurako, Fujii Rio and Hirose Ayaka. The unit was later named Kobushi Factory.

In early April, Inoue was cast as one of the new Oha Girls on the children's morning show Oha Suta. She made her first appearance on April 8.[2]


On April 1, Inoue graduated from Oha Suta.[3]

On July 22, Inoue celebrated her 15th birthday at a fanclub event titled Kobushi Factory Inoue Rei Birthday Event 2016, featuring two shows at TOKYO FM HALL.

On August 20, Inoue became a model for the girls' fashion magazine LOVE berry alongside Morning Musume '16 member Makino Maria.[4][5] They both made their first appearance in the vol.3 issue published on the same day.


On June 30, she and Inoue Hikaru released a digital song titled "Inoue no Uta".

On August 7, Inoue celebrated her 16th birthday at a fanclub event titled Kobushi Factory Inoue Rei Birthday Event 2017, featuring two shows at Mt.RAINIER HALL.

On October 21, Inoue announced she would release her first solo photobook on November 11, titled Rei.[6]


On May 29, make-up artist Miwonderful released the book First Make Bible @ Miwonderful in which Inoue, Asakura Kiki, and Kamikokuryo Moe appear as models.[7]

On July 18, Inoue celebrated her 17th birthday at a fanclub event titled Kobushi Factory Inoue Rei Birthday Event 2018, featuring two shows at IMA Hall.

On November 30, former Morning Musume member Takahashi Ai published the Ai Takahashi MAKE-UP BOOK in which Inoue and five other active Hello! Project members appear as models.[8]


On February 23, Nomura Minami and Inoue were revealed as regulars titled as Executive Officers No.3 and No.4 for the FC Machida Zelvia's AbemaTV program FC Machida Zelbia wo Tsukurou ~Zel Tsuku~, which would start on March 7.[9] That day they watched the team's first game of the J2 League 2019 season for the recording of the first episode.[10]

On April 27, the Fami Hello! PHOTOBOOK② was released, which includes Inoue's gravure that was originally published in a June 2017 issue of Weekly Famitsu.[11]

On July 18, Inoue celebrated her 18th birthday at a fanclub event titled Kobushi Factory Inoue Rei Birthday Event 2019, featuring two shows at Mynavi BLITZ Akasaka.

On September 9, it was announced that Inoue and Nomura Minami would both star in the Sabori, SKY PerfecTV's 31st Twitter morning drama series that would be posted every day from September 16 to September 28.[12]


On January 2, Inoue released her second solo photobook, titled You ~You make me~.[13]

On January 8, it was announced that Kobushi Factory would disband on March 30, 2020 with a concert at Tokyo Dome City Hall. Their final single is set to be released on March 4, 2020. Hirose Ayaka had been in discussions with the agency about her graduation since early 2019, and after discussions with the group, the other members except Inoue also expressed their desire to pursue a new path. It was eventually decided that the group would disband. Afterwards, Inoue would continue to be a member of Hello! Project.[1]

On March 12, she was to hold a joint fanclub event with Hirose Ayaka and Ogata Risa titled Kobushi Factory Hirose Ayaka・Inoue Rei & Tsubaki Factory Ogata Risa FC Event 2020 at LANDMARK HALL. However, it was cancelled in consideration of a new policy established by the government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.[14]

On March 30, Kobushi Factory disbanded and Inoue remained as a member of Hello! Project.

Personal LifeEdit

She has two older sisters.

When Inoue joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei, she was a first year middle school student. She graduated from middle school on March 6, 2017.[15] As of April 2019, she is currently attending her last year of high school.

The following list are notable friendships Inoue Rei has acquired:

Inoue was given the name Rei for her to be beautiful like precious jewels (玲; re) and to have elegance and envelope a desire to love music (音; i).[16]

Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Inoue Rei:

  • Reirei (れいれい): Official nickname, given her since NICE GIRL Project! Kenshuusei.



See also: List:Inoue Rei Discography Featured In

Solo SongsEdit



Fanclub DVDsEdit



See also: List:Inoue Rei Publications Featured In

Solo PhotobooksEdit






TV ProgramsEdit

Web DramasEdit

  • [2019] Sabori (さぼり) (SKY PerfecTV Twitter)



  • She likes the anime series Kirarin☆Revolution and "Pokemon".
  • She has the same birthday as former Country Musume member Asami.
  • She particularly likes the ℃-ute song "Sekaiichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko" because of the meaning it holds for her as the first Hello! Project song she performed after becoming a Nice Girl Project! Kenshuusei in 2012.
  • Although she joined NICE GIRL Project! Kenshuusei on July 29, 2012, she did not post on the official blog until nearly a year later on June 6, 2013.
  • During a NICE GIRL Project! Kenshuusei event, she greeted the crowd in Korean.
  • She said that the senior she's relying on is Hirose Ayaka, and that their friendship is "very touchy", she does not use formalities when talking to her, unlike any other member of the group.
  • According to the Top Yell July 2016 interview, Inoue's role within the group is the "Factory Manager for Excitement".[19]
  • She has the same last name as former Hello Pro Kenshuusei leader Inoue Hikaru.

See AlsoEdit

Honorary TitlesEdit

Honorary titles

Preceded by

Youngest member of Kobushi Factory
2015 – Present

Succeeded by


  1. 1.0 1.1 "こぶしファクトリー活動終了のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2020-01-08.
  2. "『OHAー!』井上玲音" (in Japanese). Kobushi Factory Official Blog. 2015-04-07.
  3. "『つらい。』井上玲音" (in Japanese). Kobushi Factory Official Blog. 2016-03-31.
  6. Inoue Rei. "『今、こわい体験をしています。』井上玲音" (in Japanese). Kobushi Factory Official Blog. 2017-10-21.
  7. "ミワンダフル新書発売!ファースメイクバイブル@Miwonderful" (in Japanese). Miwonderful. 2018-05-28.
  8. "高橋愛、ハロプロ後輩を華麗にプロデュース 初メイクブック発売【独占カット】 " (in Japanese). ORICON NEWS. 2018-11-22.
  10. Inoue Rei. "『おめでとうございます!』井上玲音" (in Japanese). Kobushi Factory Official Blog. 2019-02-23.
  11. "「ファミハロ!PHOTOBOOK②」発売決定!!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2019-04-05.
  13. "井上玲音(こぶしファクトリー)セカンド写真集「燿 ~You make me~」発売決定!!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2019-11-28.
  14. Hirose Ayaka "今のこぶしにできること♡広瀬彩海" (in Japanese). Kobushi Factory Official Blog. 2020-02-27.
  16. Pocket Morning. 2016-11-05. (Translation by Ro-kun)
  18. ハロプロ こぶしファクトリー 新メンバープロフィール (in Japanese), YouTube, 2015.02.06
  19. What do the girls manage in Kobushi Factory? (Top Yell July 2016)

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