Inoue Mao started her career as an actress at five years old. The viewers took notice of her in the series Kids War which ran from 1999 to 2003.

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It was announced that she will reunite with few of her former costars like Abe Sadao, Okada Masaki, Yutaka Takenouchi and Yasuko Matsuyuki,and Tokkan /Tsuna Hiichatta!

director in a comedy film "King of Apology" which will be released in September 2013.

Well, I suppose old Johnny Kitagawa could have a meltdown over it or something, but it’s a weird reaction since most fans either accept or endorse the relationship already.

And the ones who don’t have probably already lost their minds, so whatever.

Despite joining the show business at an early age, she also put priority to her school.

In 2004, despite the rise of her popularity from the Kid's War series, she decided to put her acting on hold as she concentrated on graduating from University of Japan and enrolling at Meiji University. Come 2008, she played the lead role in a drama special Anmitsu Hime as a princess, followed by Anmitsu Hime 2 in the following year, where she sang the theme song with Shoko Nakagawa. It topped the box office Japan for a few consecutive weeks and became the second fastest earning film in 2008.After the success of the two Hana Yori Dango dramas, a film was announced in August 2007, just months after the end of the 2007 sequel. It also became a phenomenal success, not only in Japan, but in many parts of Asia, bringing the name "10 billion yen actress" to Inoue Mao.with Hayato Ichihara, Yūta Hiraoka, and Tasuku Emoto. In early 2007, Hana Yori Dango Returns aired and was better-received than the first season.In the same year, Inoue co-starred in the drama First Kiss with Check It Out, Yo! Her outstanding performance from her past dramas landed her the lead role in the drama special Hanaikusa as a maiko-turned-geisha.The film topped the Japan Box Office for 8 consecutive weeks and broke box office record.