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NPB commissioner will continue to monitor Iwakuma negtiations

by on Nov.25, 2010 @ 3:44 pm, under NPB

NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato told reporters that he will continue to monitor the Hisashi Iwakuma negotiations while also saying that it wasn't the NPB commissioner's place to judge how things were being handled.  According to the US - Japan Player Contract Agreement, the NPB commissioner is powerless to do much of anything with regards to the bidding process.  If there is a problem during the process, only the MLB commissioner has the authority to step in (article 13).

3 comments on “NPB commissioner will continue to monitor Iwakuma negtiations

  1. EJH

    “…the NPB commissioner is powerless to do much of anything…only the MLB commissioner has the authority to step in.”

    Typical Japan-US agreement.

    1. Gen Post author

      I think part of that might have to do with the fact that negotiations take place on US soil. If it were the other way around, I’m sure the MLB commissioner wouldn’t have much power to do anything.

  2. EJH

    I know it is not fashionable to say it, but there is a pattern of imbalance in US-Japan agreements on all levels going back at least to Perry.

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