AKB48 is forced to cancel their annual event General Election 2017 and concerts for bad weather, HKT48 member Sashihara Rino was very upset and criticized the managment on her official Twitter; it makes some fans think her action is inappropriate.
Nikkei Entertaiment announces their Japanese Talent Ranking TOP 30, for female idol (individual) section, HKT48 member Sashihara Rino ranks no. 1 again.
Gintama live action movie's director Fukuda Yuichi dined out with Sashihara Rino, and he submitted his AKB48 General Election vote during dinner, he also prays Sashihara Rino triumphs again in the general election.
HKT48 member Sashihara Rino will appear in FujiTV's variety show Tsukai TV Sukatto Japan 2-Hours SP, it will be aired on 6 March 2017 (19:00 to 20:54).
It was announced in radio show "AKB48 no All Night Nippon on 22 February 2017, HKT48 theatre manager/member Sashihara Rino will be new sister group STU48's theatre manager and concurrent member.
HKT48 member Sashihara Rino made surprise appearance at Kojima Haruna's Koukando Bakuage LIVE in AKB48 Theater on 13 February 2017.
HKT48 manager/member Sashihara Rino will become a producer of a new voice actress idol group, for Japanese famous anime/voice acting school "YoAni". The idol group will release CD in summer 2017.
HKT48 official web site has revealed their upcoming 9th single "Bug tte Iijan"'s details on 25 January 2017. The single will be released on 15 February 2017.
AKB48 group has a new daily program "AKB48 no Ashita Yoroshiku!" on video streaming platform Showroom LIVE, the program will be delivered on every weekday (Monday to Friday) and hosted by differeent members. First episode, which will feature HKT48 member Sashihara Rino, will be delivered on 19 January 2017.
HKT48 member Sashihara Rino begins her column "Sasshi no heya" for Japanese magazine "ar" (2017 February issue), the magazine has been released on 12 January 2017.
AKB48's upcoming 8th album "Thumbnail" has revealed more details on 26 December 2016. “Thumbnail” will include a new song "Get you!" by special unit "Sashining Musume" formed by HKT48 member Sashihara Rino and Hello! Project（Morning Musume'17).
According to Sashihara Rino and Mukaichi Mion's interview in Monthly AKB48 group News (2016 December), Sashihara Rino said she thinks she will participate General Election in 2017, and her target is going to win 3 in a row.