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By Hideyuki Sano
TOKYO, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Japanese shares fell on Monday, snapping a three-day winning streak, as a barrage of earning reports failed to dispel growing concerns over a slowdown in China's economy.
The Nikkei average dropped as much as 0.9 percent and last stood at 20,478.60 by midday, down 0.5 percent.
The broader Topix index was down 0.3 percent at 1,654.10.
The Nikkei has lost steam since hitting an 18-1/2-year high in June amid fears that sharp falls in Chinese shares may inflict further damage on the Chinese economy -- Japan's major export market. Continuación...