BRUSSELS — European Economic Community officials, meeting with a high-level Japanese government delegation, said they feared a shift in Japan's export emphasis from the United States to Western Europe.
The EEC considered the shift likely as a result of the yen's rapid appreciation against the U.S. dollar, said Michihiko Ikeda, a Japanese official who briefed reporters Wednesday on the bilateral discussions at EEC headquarters.
Because the yen has risen by a smaller amount against the European currencies, Japanese products have lost relatively less of their competitiveness in EEC markets.
Met for Six Hours
A Japanese delegation led by deputy foreign minister Reishi Teshima met for about six hours with an EEC group led by Leslie Fielding, director general of external relations.