Rina "Hillary" Hirata was born in Fukuoka, but grew up in Arizona and hence gained an accent. Currently a 12th-generation "research student" (kenkyusei), and is sometimes called upon to act as an informal interpreter or an emcee for English-speaking audiences (recent example is the group's well-attended Washington DC concert).
Hirata Rina was born in Fukuoka Japan and moved to the U.S. where she lived for many years. She speaks perfect english and has no accent. She returned to Japan and has live in Tokyo since the auditions started. Something not everyone will know is that Hirarii is an accomplished ballet dancer, which she has studied since she was 4 years old. Too bad no one will ever see what a great ballerina she is. Her grace and beauty on stage I'm sure is due to the fact that her and all the girls have to work very hard. I like everthing about this girl and I know baring any infighting from the group she will go very far with AKB48.
Think about it, you have 9 new girls vying for the attention of new and old fans. Each one of them wants to move up as fast as possible. The competition must be fierce. Although it might go unsaid between them they each know that their position within the group is dependent upon how popular they are with the fans.