It seems Kimiyasu Kudo may have given up on playing in the NPB next year.
Said Kudo, "It might be impossible for me a land a job in Japan. Far, near... There are a number of options and if I'd like to take on any challenge that I can get."
Speaking on a Fuji TV's Sport! a few days ago, Kudo said that he was open to playing anywhere and also mentioned Korea and Italy (in addition to the US, but I think Kudo realizes that such an opportunity might be slim to none).