Inoue Hikaru (井上ひかる) is a former member and leader of Hello Pro Kenshuusei under Hello! Project. She joined on May 5, 2013 alongside five other girls at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2013 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~.
On May 29, 2018, it was announced that she had finished her training.
Inoue Hikaru was born on August 31, 2000 in Mie, Japan.
On May 5, Inoue was introduced as a member of Hello Pro Kenshuusei alongside Tanaka Karen, Inaba Manaka, Mikame Kana, Fujii Rio and Mashiro Kana at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2013 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~ event.
Inoue participated as a back dancer in the Berryz Koubou Debut 10th Anniversary Concert Tour 2014 ~Real Berryz Koubou~.
On May 4, Inoue won the judge's special "Shimizu" award at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2015 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~ event for her performance of "Nakimushi Shounen".
Inoue participated as the opening act and a back dancer in the ℃-ute Concert Tour 2016 Haru ~℃ONCERTO~.
On May 5, Inoue won the judge's special award at the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2016 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~ event for her performance of "Sayonara Usotsuki no Watashi".
On May 5, at the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2017 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~, Inoue was awarded the judge's singing award and was also announced as the new leader of Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
On May 6, Inoue was absent from the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2018 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~ due to "poor health", however she was also absent from the rehearsals shown on Hello! Project Station.
On May 29, it was revealed that Inoue had completed her training and therefore left Hello Pro Kenshuusei. While there was no official statement, Morning Musume member Kaga Kaede implied on her blog that Inoue left to focus on her education and become a teacher.
The announcement of her departure came as a shock to fans, as she had been scheduled to attend a fanclub event on June 5, titled Hello Pro Kenshuusei Event ~Hello! Nagoya 4Kaime~ at Midland Square Cinema 2 alongside Kodama Sakiko, Yonemura Kirara, Yamazaki Yuhane and Hashisako Rin.
In September, she opened up a personal Twitter account and began uploading dance cover videos online.
She has a sister older than her by 4 years, and a younger brother.
When Inoue joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei, she was a first year middle school student. As of March 2019, she graduated from an alternative high school.
Inoue's given name, Hikaru, means "to shine" (ひかる, hiragana of 光る).
Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Inoue Hikaru:
- Hikarun (ひかるん): Official nickname, given her since joining Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
- Name: Inoue Hikaru (井上ひかる)
- Nickname: Hikarun (ひかるん)
- Birthdate: August 31, 2000
- Birthplace: Mie, Japan
- Blood Type: B
- Height: 159 cm (5 ft 2.5 in)?
- Western Zodiac: Virgo
- Eastern Zodiac: Dragon
- Hello! Project Status:
- 2013-05-05: Hello Pro Kenshuusei member
- 2018-05-29: Left
- UP-FRONT PROMOTION Status:
- 2013-05-05: Member
- 2018-05-29: Left
- Hello! Project groups:
- Hello Pro Kenshuusei (2013-2018)
- [2013-2018] Hello! Project Station
|Leader of Hello Pro Kenshuusei
May 5, 2017 – May 29, 2018
- Twitter (inactive)
- Official Profile
- Hello Pro Kenshuusei Blogs: June 2013, December 2013, February 2014, September 2014 (not tagged), November/December 2014, February/March 2015, 2015 Test, May/June 2015