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Sakurai Rio (櫻井梨央) is a Japanese pop singer under Hello! Project as the sole 16th generation member of Morning Musume.


Sakurai Rio, June 2022

Early Life[]

Sakurai Rio was born on November 11, 2005 in Tokyo, Japan.


Sakurai participated in the ANGERME ONLY ONE Audition ~Watashi wo Tsukuru no wa Watashi~, but did not pass.


On June 29, it was announced on a special video of the Hello! Project Station that Sakurai had passed the final round of the Hello! Project "Morning Musume '22" "Juice=Juice" Goudou Shin Member Audition, becoming a member of Morning Musume.[1]

Personal Life[]

She has a younger brother. She also has a dog.

When Sakurai joined Morning Musume, she was in her second year of high school.

Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Sakurai Rio:


  • Hobbies: Admiring idols, playing games
  • Favorite Music Genre: J-pop
  • Favorite Food: Curry (butter chicken type)
  • Favorite Sport: Dodgeball
  • Motto: Hibi zenshin aru nomi (日々前進あるのみ; There is only progress every day)
  • Favorite Morning Musume Songs: "Mukidashi de Mukiatte", "Nanchatte Renai", "Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru", "Kono Mama!", "Jiyuu na Kuni Dakara"
  • Looks Up To: Kitagawa Rio

  • Works[]



    • She shares a birthday with former Morning Musume member Tanaka Reina.
    • Her given name Rio uses the same exact kanji as former Kobushi Factory member Fujii Rio.
    • Her audition number was 174.
    • She is currently the youngest member in Morning Musume.
    • Despite curry rice being her favourite food, she prefers butter chicken curry rice since she can't eat hot curries.
    • She lived in Hyogo for 4 years before permanently moving to Tokyo.

    Honorary Titles[]

    Honorary Titles
    Preceded by
    Yamazaki Mei
    Youngest member of Morning Musume
    June 29, 2022 – Present
    Succeeded by


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