Kudo actually considered taking a step away from baseball and finding a regular job, but decided to keep his dream by agreeing to terms with Sumitomo.
Seems Sumitomo was impressed with Kudo's three game blast fest between 9/24-10/1.
9/24 vs Kokugakuin: 1-for-3, HR, RBI
9/29 vs Aoyama Gakuin: 2-for-3, HR, 4 RBI
10/1 vs Aoyama Gakuin: 2-for-3, HR, RBI