Garcia, who shared the overnight lead with Japanese players Katsumasa Miyamoto and Daisuke Maruyama, had bogeys on Nos. 3 and 9 at the Gotemba Course and was tied for sixth on the 14th hole when play was stopped.
Makoto Inoue of Japan was on top of the leaderboard at 11 under, including a 68 after 16 holes on the day. Miyamoto was a stroke back with a 1-under through 13 holes, and Mamo Osanai was another shot behind with a 1-under through 15.
Garcia's Ryder Cup teammate Darren Clarke, who has won the title the last two years, was in 39th place after finishing the round with a 73.
The start of Saturday's round was delayed due to rain.
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