Yamashita Rina (22), the sister of NEWS member Yamashita Tomohisa (25), is currently working for Minister Hatoyama Kunio. She used to be a gravure idol during her college days in the University of Arts, but has completely left the entertainment industry since then.
She was quite popular then, having won/ been nominated for a few awards. However, after graduating in March 2009, she joined politics as a secretary. She said that the reason for leaving the entertainment industry is because she wants to have a clear distinction between the two.
Yamashita Tomohisa feels that this is a plus for her, and mentioned that this will prevent gossip and rumors from popping up. Yamashita Rina is described as being career-oriented but friendly, and is said to have the same smile as Yamapi. (Entame)