After Japan Open, with 6 common events so far, points that matter for January 2020 decision:
Ito & Hirano can add a minimun of 400 each to the above for playing in the first T2 Diamond in July.
There are 3 Platinum & 4 WT events left for the year.
Cutoff for the 2nd T2 Bonus event is July 15, which will include results from Korea Op and Australian Op.
After Japan Op, Ito has 450, Hirano 363 and Ishikawa 141 qualifying pts heading towards the deadline.
I wonder if the Chinese have an internal metric for selection as well. In their case it would be something along the lines of number of tournaments won, not how far one progresses in a tournament. I think that alone shows the difference between the two teams.
Curious .... JTTA can not make a replacement?
Thank you. Sadly .....
(But suppose Hirano or Ishikawa is seriously injured, ill .....Is there really no replacement mechanism in this case?)