Yuri Chinen

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Yuri Chinen
Native name知念 侑李
Born (1993-11-30) November 30, 1993 (age 24)
OriginShizuoka Prefecture, Japan
GenresJapanese Pop, R&B, Electropop, Dance-pop, Electronic, Hip hop, Dance, Electronic dance
Years active2003 — present
Associated acts

Yuri Chinen (知念 侑李, Chinen Yūri, born November 30, 1993), is a Japanese idol, actor, voice actor, dancer, 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 the son of Takashi Chinen, a former Japanese 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 also debut as a member of Hey! Say! JUMP, was also there during that time. On April 3, 2007, he began activities with the temporary group, Hey! Say! 7 starting with a public performance at a KAT-TUN concert.[5]

On September 21, 2007, he made his debut as a member of Hey! Say! JUMP.[6]

He was in a 2008 drama, One-Pound Gospel, as "Yoshihiko" in Episode 3, with Hey! Say! JUMP member Ryosuke Yamada and their senpai, 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".[7]

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.[8] 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 senpai 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.[9]



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




  • Aiba Manabu
  • Haneru no Tobira
  • Hirunandesu
  • Hyakushiki
  • Hyakushiki Volleyball SP
  • Itadaki High JUMP[17]
  • Little Tokyo Live
  • Shounen Club
  • School Kakumei! (April 2009 – present, NTV)[18]
  • 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


For Hey! Say! JUMP-related concerts and albums, see Hey! Say! JUMP.



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


Songs written[edit]

  • "Smile Song"
  • "Ookiku nare boku"
  • "Boku to Keito" with Keito Okamoto written for DEAR Album


  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. ^ "Yuri Chinen's Father". myheritage. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  4. ^ From an interview piece in Sports Hochi sold December 5, 2005.
  5. ^ "Hey! Say! 7". Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "Hey! Say! JUMP". Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  7. ^ "NYC to Debut with "Nintama Rantaro" Theme Song!". MusicJapanplus. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  8. ^ 世界キャラ「フマーフ」山田&知念が声担当
  9. ^ "First Lead-role". Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "Eikura Nana & Maeda Atsuko become Yamashita Tomohisa's co-stars in new drama". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. Retrieved 2015-06-21.
  12. ^ "Hey! Say! JUMP's Chinen Yuri to star in upcoming drama series, 'Sprout'". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. Retrieved 2015-06-21.
  13. ^ Hey!Say! 知念侑李が新仕事人 (in Japanese). Daily Sports. Retrieved 2015-06-21.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ "Hey! Say! JUMP's Yamada Ryosuke and Chinen Yuri attends the preview screeing for "The Smurfs"". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. Retrieved 2015-06-21.
  17. ^ "Itadaki High JUMP". Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  18. ^ "School Kakumei!". Retrieved November 15, 2016.

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