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Kawahara overcame a three-stroke deficit with seven birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey to maintain his consistency at Miyoshi Country Club in Aichi Prefecture and put behind his poor form this season in which he missed the cut seven times.

Overnight leader Daisuke Maruyama could only produce two birdies and went over-par for the first time in the 120 million yen event with a 1-over 73, having to settle for second at 207 along with Shingo Katayama and Ryoken Kawagishi, who both holed out with 69s.

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