Welsh star Gareth Bale scored all three goals for Real Madrid as they eased into another final of the Club World Cup.
After a very steady start, Los Blancos engineered a goal just before halftime when Marcelo combined with Bale to leave the striker free for a left-foot shot across the goalie.
And within ten minutes of the restart, Madrid were three goals up and coasting. They did benefit from a Kashima defensive mix-up that allowed Bale an open goal. Followed by another assist from the ever-cool Marcelo who gave the Welshman a chance to power an effort into the top of the net.
Bale would then be substituted to rousing acclaim by the 30,000 fans in the Zayed Sports City stadium.
While Marcelo would continue to provide pleasing cameos down the left wing.
The Japanese had shown the occasional threat often from Brazilian Serginho and they would get a consolation later on.
That was when a cross-shot from Doi was eventually allowed to stand after another referral to the VAR system.
But there was no doubting the better team with Real Madrid certainly justifying their favourites status.
And the team from the Bernabeu will be expected to complete the task of winning the title when they face local side Al Ain in the final.