Bransdon, who is playing his first season on the Japan Tour, put together a second round of 67 on the demanding Joyo Golf Club Layout in Kyoto where only 12 players are under par at the completion of 36 holes.
Barnes and Kennedy are both winners on the Japan Golf Tour with Kennedy having also finished runner-up last week at the Japan PGA Championship while Griffin is chasing his first Japan Tour title.
25 year old Takaya Onoda and Shugo Imahira lead the tournament, the Japan Tour rookie Onada adding an eight birdie second round of 65 to move three ahead of the field until Imahira’s strong closing nine saw him join Onada in the lead.
Neither Onada nor Imahira have won on the Japan Tour so for the more experienced Australians the weekend offers a good opportunity.
Adam Bland and New Zealander Michael Henry are at 2 over and in a share of 24th position while Todd Sinnott is the only other Australasian to make the weekend.
Ben Campbell and Won Joon Lee missed the cut while Brendan Jones withdrew after three holes of round one with a back issue.