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A Tribute to Rena Matsui of Ske48 and Nogizaka46 in Photos

Updated on July 13, 2018

A few magazine scans of Rena Matsui

From UTB Magazine. It looks like Rena Matsui is listening to music in this photo.
From UTB Magazine. It looks like Rena Matsui is listening to music in this photo.

Rena Matsui was one of the most popular Japanese idol singers

Here is look at Rena Matsui (ex SKE48, ex-Nogizaka46) in photos. Rena Matsui was a member of the girl group SKE48 that is from Nagoya, Japan. Matsui who is from Aichi announced through Twitter that she would not be in attendance at the AKB48 General Senbatsu Election which took place last year on June 6, 2015 at the Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome. This was the 7thyear that AKB48 held this election.

If there is anything else that is remarkable about the career if Rena Matsui, it is that she finished the 6th Senbatsu (AKB48) Election ranked as the 5th most popular member of these idol groups. Congratulations to Rena Matsui!!

A Brief History of the AKB48 General Elections and notable graduations

The first such Senbatsu Election was in 2009. This is an election that determines which members will sing in the group’s singles. The member that receives the most number of votes from the fans will be named as the group’s center for the single that follows the election. It is now more than one year ago that former member Yuko Oshima graduated from AKB48 and then went on to release a photo book. The most high profile member to announce her graduation is Minami Takahashi. Takahashi, 24, will graduate from AKB48 in March 2016 and she was the first member of the group when it was formed back in 2005 so she is the only original member remaining from that time period. A few other notable events worthy of mention in the history of AKB48 is that first of all, the group released their 36th single called Labrador Retriever on May 21, 2014. They would go on to release the singles Kokoro no Placard (37th), Kibouteki Refrain (38th), and most recently the single called Green Flash. Another significant event that will live on in the memory of AKB48 fans is the departure of Atsuko Maeda. AKB48 still remains Japan’s most popular pop music group. Note: Minami Takahashi has left AKB48 as of March 2016 and the new AKB48 "General Manager" is Yui Yokoyama.

How Popular was Rena Matsui?

The candidacy period started on March 25 at 4PM and it continued through March 29 where it concluded at 10 PM. Matsui said that she will continue to do her very best in order to share her joy with everyone. She encouraged fans to continue to support her. Every year since 2009, Matsui has become more popular with the fans. She was ranked at #29 in 2009. In 2010, she made a significant improvement moving up the rankings to the #11. In 2011 and 2012, Matsui was ranked at #10. She reached the 37 spot in 2013 before being among the top five members in 2014.

More photos of Rena Matsui

With Jurina Matsui (right).
With Jurina Matsui (right).
From her 2011 photo book Goldfish.
From her 2011 photo book Goldfish.

A Brief look at Matsui's acting career so far

In 2014, Rena got a lead role in the movie called Gift. Her co-star was actor Kenichi Endo. The movie was originally released on June 12, 2014 in Nagoya but it soon expanded to Tokyo because the movie became very popular. Rena Matsui has released two photo books Goldfish (2011) and Hemeretto (2014). It has also been announced that Matsui will make her first appearance as a lead actress in a drama! The drama is called "Kanagawa-ken Atsugi-shi Laundry Chigasaki." The setting for the drama is at a coin laundry in the city of Atsugi in Kanagawa Prefecture. Matsui plays the role of a 25 year-old woman that is a part-time employee at the coin laundry. Matsui has also been assigned to be in charge of the drama’s theme song called Shabon. It will be released in such a way that two artists will collaborate on the song. It was eventually released under the name of Matsui Rena and Charan-Po Rantan on April 6, 2016.

A video slideshow of Rena Matsui

© 2016 Ara Vahanian

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