Exactly 100 years ago, on 30 July 1912, the great Emperor Meiji of Japan passed away. He was succeeded by his son, Prince Yoshihito, known to history as Emperor Taisho. His reign of 45 years saw the transformation of Japan from an isolated, feudal backwater into a modern, industrialized world power. In a way, he is the Grandfather of Modern Asia, for the Japanese were the first Asian people to directly challenge the Western-dominated world of the 19th and 20th centuries, and showed that Asia was far from defeated. In our own time, with other Asian countries once again taking center stage, I feel it would not be totally out of place to offer our respects to this great man.