Yuri Chinen

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Yuri Chinen
Native name 知念 侑李
Born (1993-11-30) November 30, 1993 (age 22)
Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Genres Japanese Pop, R&B, Electropop, Dance-pop, Electronic, Hip hop, Dance, Electronic dance
Years active 2003 — present
Associated acts

Yuri Chinen (知念 侑李 Chinen, Yuri?, born November 30, 1993), is a Japanese actor, tarento, dancer, voice actor, and singer as well as member of Hey! Say! JUMP. He is under the management of Johnny & Associates.[1][2]


Early life[edit]

Chinen was born in Hammamatsu, Japan, the son of Takashi Chinen (born 1967), a Japanese former gymnast who won a bronze medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics.[3] He is named after Yuri Osawa, an announcer, whose name his mother liked, but is written with different characters; the yu is a character often used in girl's names (侑 Yū) and the ri is taken from Li (李), a surname his mother thought common among Chinese gold medalist gymnasts.[4]


On June 2, 2003, Yuri entered Johnny & Associates as a trainee. Daiki Arioka, who would later debut as a member of the same group, was also there during that time. On April 3, 2007, he began activities with Hey! Say! 7 starting with a public performance at a KAT-TUN concert.

On September 21, 2007, he began performing as a member of Hey! Say! JUMP.

He was in a 2008 drama, One-Pound Gospel, as "Yoshihiko" in Episode 3, with Hey! Say! JUMP member Ryosuke Yamada and their sempai, Kazuya Kamenashi (KAT-TUN). In the same year, he played in the drama Sensei wa erai! as Umeno Wataru, along with other Hey! Say! JUMP members: Daiki Arioka, Ryosuke Yamada and Yuto Nakajima. In October 2008, he was in the drama called Scrap Teacher: Kyoshi Saisei as Yoshida Eitaro, along with the same Hey! Say! JUMP members that played with him in Sensei wa erai!.

As a supporter of the Japanese volleyball team for the FIVB World Grand Prix 2009, he performed in June 2009 with Ryosuke Yamada and Nakayama Yuma w/ B.I.Shadow, which is composed of Kento Nakajima, Kikuchi Fuma, Hokuto Matsumura and Yugo Kochi as members of the temporary group NYC Boys. The "C" of NYC boys comes from the initials of his family name "Chinen".[5]

On March 2, 2010, a press release made by Johnny and Associates revealed that Chinen and Yamada would become members of a second Johnny's unit, NYC. They worked as a member of both Hey! Say! JUMP and NYC, which is a rarity in their talent agency. Ryo Nishikido (and formerly Uchi Hiroki) is the only such case of a Johnny's talent officially debuting in two groups (Kanjani8 and NEWS), and as NYC became an officially debuted Johnny's unit, Yamada and Chinen joined them in this unusual situation.

In September 2011, he played the voice of Brainy in the Japanese-dubbed version of the film The Smurfs.[6] Hey! Say! JUMP's ninth single, "Magic Power", was used as the theme song for the film.

In January 2012, Chinen co-starred with his sempai Tomohisa Yamashita in a drama called Saiko no Jinsei no Owarikata: Ending Planner, in which he played Yamashita's younger brother. Chinen's character in the drama was a university student who was so focused on helping out a friend to the point of stealing money from his family's business. Atsuko Maeda and Nana Eikura joined the cast.

In June 2012, It was announced that Chinen would have his first lead-role drama series based on the manga Sprout, by Atsuko Nanba, on July 7 on NTV.

In April 2013, Chinen won the 2012 Drama of the Year award under the category Best New Comer (actor) for his role in Saiko no Jinsei no Owarikata: Ending Planner and Sprout.


For Hey! Say! 7 or Hey! Say! JUMP-related appearances, see Hey! Say! JUMP.

TV Dramas[edit]


Variety shows[edit]

  • Aiba Manabu
  • Haneru no Tobira
  • Hirunandesu
  • Hyakushiki
  • Hyakushiki Volleyball SP
  • Itadaki High JUMP
  • Little Tokyo Live
  • Shōnen Club
  • School Kakumei! (April 2009 – present, NTV)
  • VS Arashi
  • Yan Yan JUMP


  • Playzone 2007: Change 2 Chance (performed with Shonentai, 2007) as Ken
  • Johnny's World 2012
  • Johnny's World Kanshasai 2013



  • On The Wind
  • Kawaii Kimi no Koto da Mono
  • Ookiku nare boku
  • Love Parade (originally Arashi's song)


Songs Written[edit]


  1. ^ 知念侑李のプロフィール [Chinen Yūri's Profile] (in Japanese). oricon ME inc. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  2. ^ 知念侑李 (in Japanese). Yahoo Japan Corporation. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  3. ^ 知念孝 [Takashi Chinen] (in Japanese). Hatena. 2012. Retrieved Dec 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ From an interview piece in Sports Hochi sold December 5, 2005.
  5. ^ "NYC to Debut with "Nintama Rantaro" Theme Song!". MusicJapanplus. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  6. ^ 世界キャラ「フマーフ」山田&知念が声担当
  7. ^ "スクラップ・ティーチャー/教師再生" [Scrap Teacher]. Dijitaru Daijisen (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 56431036. Archived from the original on August 25, 2007. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  8. ^ "Eikura Nana & Maeda Atsuko become Yamashita Tomohisa's co-stars in new drama". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  9. ^ "Hey! Say! JUMP's Chinen Yuri to star in upcoming drama series, 'Sprout'". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  10. ^ Hey!Say! 知念侑李が新仕事人 (in Japanese). Daily Sports. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  11. ^ Hey!Say!JUMP知念『ぬ~べ~』生徒役で出演 先輩・丸山隆平から「ギャグも吸収」 (in Japanese). oricon ME inc. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  12. ^ 遠藤憲一が仕事人に!「必殺仕事人2015」放送!! (in Japanese). Kadokawa Corporation. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  13. ^ "Hey! Say! JUMP's Yamada Ryosuke and Chinen Yuri attends the preview screeing for "The Smurfs"". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 

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