Kyodo News conducted an exclusive interview with Hisashi Iwakuma and apparently learned that both the Oakland A's and the San Francisco Chronicle apologized for some "erroneous reporting" that took place during the 30-day negotiation period.
Iwakuma also apparently told Kyodo News that the A's were "forceful" from day 1 of the negotiations and that they were "prepared to issue a press release at any time saying the talks fell apart." Iwakuma added that he "started to lose faith" when the stories about him wanting $105M over 7 years started coming out.
In the end, Iwakuma said that both the A's and the SF Chronicle apologized to him through his agent, Don Nomura. But when Iwakuma asked that a correction to the story be re-issued, they balked.
The article then goes on to say how Iwakuma wasn't willing to go to the Majors "at any price" and that feeling needed was really important to him.
I can tell anyone who has read this Iwakuma story from Japan Today that Iwakuma did NOT get an "apology" from The Chronicle.
I clairified in a blog how Barry Zito's deal was being used as a comparison - and it was being used as one. A clarification only.
Interestingly, Iwakuma's agent repeatedly pointed to that blog - which explained how Zito was used as a comparison - as accurate.