Yakult Swallows closer Hirotoshi Ishii wants to pitch in the major leagues but the team has refused to give him the green light to move to North America under the so-called posting system.

Ishii and club president Yoshikazu Tagiku failed to reach an agreement in their talks Thursday. Ishii insisted that Tagiku promised a year ago that the left-hander would be allowed to pursue a career in the majors from 2006.

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