The NPB's International Relations Committee, headed by Nippon Ham Fighters' team rep Toshimasa Shimada, met with MLB/WBCI in New York on Monday. The NPB was hoping to see if they could discuss changes to the participation conditions for the WBC, but the MLB/WBCI turned down their request.
"Things will move forward as planned, we do not plan on changing any of the terms," said Jim Small (Managing Director & Vice President, Asia). "This is a problem between the NPB and the JPBPA. Our hopes is that they work out the differences and Japan participates [in the tournament]."
Said Shimada, "I can not mention any details, but this is a very difficult situation."
UPDATE @ 8:52pm - Toru Matsubara, secretary general of the JPBPA, told reporters today that he wants to hear Shimada's report on the meeting with MLB/WBCI before thinking about what to do next.
Shimada will be back in Japan on Wednesday.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/14/2012
UPDATE 8/15 @ 3:32pm - Nikkan Sports has posted a slightly longer quote from Small:
"We do not plan on changing the conditions. Negotiations are done. The NPB has been invited by the WBC, not the player's association. This is a problem between the NPB and the JPBPA. We can only hope that Japan ends up competing."
Takahiro Arai, JPBPA chairman, was quoted as saying, "I have received an update, but I can not make any comments at this time."
UPDATE 8/16 @ 1:52am - The twelve teams are set to hold a team rep meeting on August 20 to discuss what steps they will take next. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/15/2012
UPDATE 8/16 @ 4:28pm - The exhibition games against Cuba could be canceled depending on how things work out. Source: Sponichi 8/15/2012
UPDATE 8/16 @ 10:19pm - NPB secretary-general Kunio Shimoda told reporters today that some good things did come out of the talks with the WBCI. He did not go into details, but it is possible they received an explanation that might be able to sway the JPBPA.
The JPBPA has already already been notified of what was discussed in the US and is scheduled to meet with the NPB after their twelve-team rep meeting on August 20.
Shimoda was part of the group that traveled to the US for talks with the WBCI.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2012