Akinori Iwamura updated his blog with a message about his release from the Rakuten Eagles:
I think many may already know, but my contract with the Rakuten Eagles is over after the year.
I feel very disappointed/frustrated at how things turned out.
I am full of regret for not being able to perform at the level I was hoping to during my two years in Sendai. But it was a good experience because I was able to learn a lot over my two-year stay.
Even though I will be leaving Sendai with unfinished business, thank you for all your support.
I feel strongly that I can not let things end like this. I do not know what will happen next year, but in order to make another strong impression on everyone again...
This will not be the end of me!
I will take that thought and push myself forward.