It was only when the JPBPA was able to convince NPB and the owners that the entry fee structure needed to be substantially revised that the dispute was eventually resolved.
The JPBPA sought to block the Buffaloes-BlueWave merger by filing an injunction with the Tokyo District Court.
Prior to this, and following the failure of their court proceedings, the steering committee of the JPBPA held a meeting in Kobe to determine how it would proceed.
He said, 'we simply ask that they take some time before such a major restructuring' Yomiuri Giants player representative, and JPBPA vice chairman, Yoshinobu Takahashi said, 'We have made this decision for the sake of the game' ('Players set to launch 1st strike', The Daily Yomiuri, 7 September 2004, p.
After a meeting with Yasuchika Negoro, NPB Commissioner (the CEO of Japanese baseball), JPBPA general secretary, Toru Matsubara, pointed to the importance of reducing obstacles to new owners entering the industry and the necessity of eliminating fees as the means to resolve the dispute ('Owners set to OK merger, trigger strike', The Daily Yomiuri, 8 September 2004, p.
The owners duly approved the merger at their meeting of 8 September, dismissing the concerns and foreshadowed strike action of the JPBPA. Yomiuri Giants owner, Takuo Takihana, who had chaired the meeting, said, 'We will pursue talks with players until the very end in the hope of avoiding' a strike.
For its part, the JPBPA agreed to postpone the strike for a week.
The JPBPA, realising that the season's end was fast approaching, decided to proceed with its foreshadowed strike.