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Matsunaga Riai, March 2019
|Born||July 7, 2005|
|Agency||UP-FRONT PROMOTION (2017-)|
|Associated Acts||Hello Pro Kenshuusei|
|Time in Group||2 Years, 2 Months, 18 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 the fall, Matsunaga participated in Morning Musume '16 Shinseiki Audition, but failed.
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 participated 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.
Matsunaga participated in the opening act and challenge act for the Morning Musume '19 Concert Tour Haru ~BEST WISHES!~.
On May 4, Matsunaga won the best performance award at the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2019 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~ event, for her performance of "Gatamekira" from Taiyou to Ciscomoon's second single. She won with 419 fan votes.
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 two cats named Taiga and Bibi.
As of April 2019, Matsunaga is currently in her second year of middle school.
Matsunaga's given name, Riai, means "home" (里) and "love" (愛).
Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Matsunaga Riai:
- 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
- Favorite Hello! Project songs: Do it! Now, Koi no Jubaku, Rock no Teigi
- Looks Up To: Sato Masaki, Sasaki Rikako
-  Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 Gaiden ~Tasogare no Kamen~ (daily guest role)
- [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 thinks both her strength and her shortcoming is being serious.
- She is not good with being scolded, basketball, and insects.[verification needed]
- Gallery:Matsunaga Riai
- List:Matsunaga Riai Discography Featured In
- List:Matsunaga Riai Concert & Event Appearances