25 year old Shigenaga, in his second season on the Japan Tour and yet to win a title, and Katayama, with a massive 27 titles and nearly $A20 million in prizemoney since his first full season in 1997, are chalk and cheese in terms of experience but tomorrow they head the event into the weekend.
Korean Do-Hoon Kim and Akio Sadakata are tied in 3rd position while the leading Australasian is second season Japan Tour player Michael Hendry who finds himself in a share of 5th and three shots from the lead.
The New Zealander Hendry only narrowly regained his full playing rights after his first season in Japan last year but he is a considerable talent who is expected to do very well in 2014.
Adam Bland and Kurt Barnes are the next best of the Australasians in 42nd position while Brad Kennedy just made the cut on the number.
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