The media learned on Thursday that NPB International Relations Chairman (Nippon Ham Fighters team rep) Toshimada Shimada will be flying out to the United States on Sunday to continue negotiation with WBC Inc.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/10/2012
UPDATE @ 5:02pm - Shimada told reporters today that he will fly to the US on Sunday and meet with WBC Inc officials on Monday. Source: Sponichi 8/10/2012
UPDATE 8/11 @ 11:25am - The NPB has been negotiating with WBC Inc via telephone and e-mail, but felt a face-to-face would provide better results. Source: Sponichi 8/11/2012