Dr. Takada earned his B.S. and M.S. from Osaka University in 1984 and 1986, respectively, and his Ph.D. from Osaka City University in 1991. He joined Matsushita Electric Industrial (now Panasonic) in 1986 and moved to National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials, which was merged with National Institute for Metals into National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), in 1999. He is now Fellow in NIMS. His research is focused on solid-state batteries and ion-conductive ceramics.