|Minister of Finance|
27 January 1998 - 30 July 1998
|Minister of International Trade and Industry|
9 August 1989 - 28 February 1990
|Minister of Education|
1 November 1984 - 28 December 1985
|Born||23 November 1928|
|Political party||Liberal Democratic Party of Japan|
|Alma mater||Waseda University|
Hikaru Matsunaga ( ?, Matsunaga Hikaru, 23 November 1928) is a Japanese legislator and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) politician who briefly served as finance minister from 27 January to 30 July 1998.
Matsunaga is an attorney and prosecutor. He began his career as a public prosecutor in southern regions of Japan in the 1950s. Later he became a member of the LDP, being a member of the Seirankai. Matsunaga was education minister in the mid-1980s. He served as minister of international trade and industry. He was appointed by Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu to this post on 9 August 1989.
Then he was appointed by Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto as the minister of finance on 27 January 1998. Matsunaga replaced Hiroshi Mitsuzuka as finance minister. Mitsuzuka was forced to resign due to corrupt behaviour of the officials at the ministry. In April 1998, Matsunaga reported that 112 ministry officials would be punished due to their excessive entertainment from banks, brokerage firms and insurers under their supervision. Matsunaga's term as finance minister lasted short, and he resigned on 30 July 1998, replaced by Kiichi Miyazawa, another veteran LDP politician.
In addition to these cabinet roles, Matsunaga held the following positions in the Diet: Chairman of the lower house budget committee until 1998, director of the Diet education committee and vice-chairman of the PARC education division. He lost his seat in the lower house election on 25 June 2000.