Australian Hannah Green has recovered from a poor start to be tied for third after the second round of Japan Classic golf tournament.
Fellow Australian Minjee Lee is only one stroke adrift of Green at the par-72 Seta course.
Local favourite Ai Suzuki shot a bogey-free seven-under-par 65 on Saturday to take a three-shot lead, sinking seven birdies to sit at at 12-under 132 at the halfway mark.
Gaby Lopez of Mexico shot 67 and was in second place in the final event of the LPGA Tour's Asia Swing.
Green is eight-under 136, having shared the lead with Suzuki after Friday's opening round. The Australian carded a 69 and was tied for third with Hyo Joo Kim (68).
Lee (137) fired a three-under 69 in the second round to be equal fifth with China's Shanshan Feng.
The third Australian in the field, Su Oh, was four under overall in a four-way tie for 14th.
Defending champion Nasa Hataoka struggled with her game and finished with a 76 including five bogeys and a double bogey.
American Lexi Thompson, making her first start since September's Indy Women in Tech Championship, shot a 68 to move up the leaderboard after an opening-round 74 and was 10 strokes behind Suzuki.