Takamitsu Yasukochi serves as a liaison to the Board of Advisors. He is general manager of Panasonic’s liaison department, which promotes energy and environment businesses in Japan. He interfaces with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of the Environment, Tokyo Metropolis and all corresponding research establishments and universities to promote battery storage systems, solar cells, and sustainable energy management for microgrid communities. Yasukochi has been involved in developing the first Japanese microgrid community with METI and promoting nationwide LED migration with government politicians, ministries and municipalities. He also serves as the smart grid committee leader of the Japan Electrical Manufacturers’ Association and speaks at various seminars on energy and environmental topics.