Chihiro Kaneko posted the following update to his blog on Wednesday:
To my fans...
Thank you for your comments.
I read each of them.
I am sorry for the concern I caused.
I also feel bad about my inability to express my thoughts and feelings during interviews.
Nothing has been decided and I want to avoid any and all possible misinterpretations/misunderstandings.
I wish I was able to better handle the situation...
I exercised my domestic FA option because I wanted to seriously consider my career.
I am struggling [with the decision] and am still thinking.
I might be thinking about the same kinds of things people consider about their future when changing jobs or schools.
In November, as the result of my thinking, I reached the conclusion that it might be okay to give up on the Majors this off-season.
More importantly, I realized I have a strong desire to bring excitement to Japanese baseball.
Unlike the players that make decisions during the season and quickly make announcements when the off-season begins, I want to listen to offers from other teams and take my time to decide. I want to struggle and discover my feelings in the process.
I am the type of player that can only focus on the one game in front of them during the season.
The only time I can think about my future is now and it might be my only chance.
Once I struggle and arrive at a decision after taking my time, I will let all of you know.
Thank you for your support.
Oh and by the way, the stitches in my right elbow were removed, it is going well.
Source: Blog Post 12/10/2014