Rino Sashihara is a member of Japanese idol groups HKT48 and a former member of AKB48 and STU48, both produced by Yasushi Akimoto.
Life and music career
In October 2007, she auditioned and was chosen as a trainee for AKB48. She was promoted to a regular member of former Team B. She was chosen as a "Senbatsu" member for first time on the single "Ōgoe Diamond", followed by other songs, including "Under Girls". On August 2009, it was announced that she would transfer to Team A. She transferred in July 2010.
On December 4, 2010, she attempted to upload 100 articles in a day on her official blog, with the number of page views reaching 35 million on the same day.
Since January 2011, Sashihara has appeared on a half-hour TV program with her nickname, "Although You Are Sashiko (This Program Is Totally Unrelated to AKB)", broadcast by TBS, which features her "Hetare" (means somewhat cowardly, incompetent, impatient) character, and subtitled "A variety program to train Sashiko".
Sashihara stars as lead in the NTV4 drama "Muse no Kagami" starting on January 14, 2012. She sings the theme song titled "Soredemo Sukidayo", which was released as her debut solo single in May 2, 2012 on the major record label Avex Trax.
She was transferred to HKT48 by producer Yasushi Akimoto on June 16, 2012 in response to a scandal involving the leak of partially nude pictures by a former friend allegedly featuring her.