The current New Zealand Open Champion easily accounted for 21-year-old rookie Rikuya Hoshino at the Hamano Golf Club in Chiba Prefecture.
Hendry was 5 up by the turn and eventually won 6&5 over his much younger rival to set up a quarter-final encounter with Tadahiro Takayama.
Hideto Tanihara, the leading world ranked player in the field, was narrowly defeated by South Korean Hyun Woo Ryu.
Tanihara fought back from a three-hole deficit to take the match to the 18th hole before losing 1 down.
Yuta Ikeda, who like Tanihara might have been in consideration for a Presidents Cup captain’s pick, won his match to advance to the quarter-finals and is perhaps now the favourite to take the title.
JOE MILLER: SWING PATH