So with USAs over, I decided to search my African and Asian websitse/newspapers for links of note.
On Brett Larner's japanrunningnews.blogspot.com/ I saw that a) Japan's Satoshi Hatase set and a new national record in the shot of 18.78m and b) the Japanese team for Worlds was out.
I looked for his name on the Worlds team and didn't see him on it and then got curious. How good is 18.78m I thought? Well the worlds standard is 20.45m.
More info on shot record here: