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Economic concerns rendered inevitable the development of frequent, if ad hoc and varied, contacts between Japanese and European governmental representatives, and these bilateral contacts intensified during the 1960s when Japan increased its participation in several international forums which also included Europeans (such as GATT and the United Nations). By the beginning of the 1960s the Japanese government had become more acutely concerned about the implications of the creation of the EEC and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) for Japanese trade, while the prospect of the OEEC being opened up to the Atlantic partners made Japan feel even more isolated and underlined still further the need to deal with Europe.

Even though institutional problems remained, therefore, by the early 1980s both Developing Cooperation, 1950s–80s 33 sides were already aware of the existence of, and the need to further intensify, their mutual dialogue. On 10 May German Foreign Minister Genscher told Prime Minister Ohira in Bonn of the value of Okita’s visit to Luxembourg, and proposed the creation of a permanent consultation mechanism. 77 As trade relations worsened Japanese and European representatives were forced to confront one another more frequently and as a result other subjects were also addressed and a broader dialogue began to develop.

Even though institutional problems remained, therefore, by the early 1980s both Developing Cooperation, 1950s–80s 33 sides were already aware of the existence of, and the need to further intensify, their mutual dialogue. On 10 May German Foreign Minister Genscher told Prime Minister Ohira in Bonn of the value of Okita’s visit to Luxembourg, and proposed the creation of a permanent consultation mechanism. 77 As trade relations worsened Japanese and European representatives were forced to confront one another more frequently and as a result other subjects were also addressed and a broader dialogue began to develop.

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