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By Ayai Tomisawa
TOKYO, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Japanese shares were up modestly on Tuesday morning after U.S. stocks rose, but investors remained cautious amid volatility in the Chinese market after last week's surprise devaluation of its currency.
The Nikkei share average rose 0.1 percent to 20,635.58 in midmorning trade.
In the Japanese market, investors took heart from strong April-June earnings, especially domestic demand-related stocks, but investors have become risk-averse after Beijing rattled global markets by devaluating the yuan last week.
"Such good news is offset by concerns about a slowdown in the Chinese economy," said Takuya Takahashi, a strategist at Daiwa Securities.
Investors' risk-averse stance is reflected in thin trading volume and turnover over recent sessions.
On Monday, only 1.709 billion shares changed hands for the Topix, the lowest level since mid-June while its turnover sank to its weakest level since early April. Continuación...