In July 1946 Professor Eve Edwards who as Head of the Far East Department had overall responsibility for the special courses in Japanese, Chinese and Malay, left London to visit Malaya to discuss the results of the courses. Her brief trip to Malaya was therefore extended to a grand tour of five more countries: Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Japan and Australia, where she met senior army officers and exstudents dealing with the aftermath of the war. She returned to London in February 1947. The first person to be elected to the new Chair was Daniels and in his inaugural lecture he mentions some of the benefits of the war-time courses. The war-time courses in Japanese at School of Oriental and African Studies started as a makeshift and belated response to the shortage of Japanese speakers at the beginning of the Pacific War.