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TOKYO, Feb 29 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks dropped on Monday as the dollar slipped against the yen and investor sentiment was hit by falls for Chinese shares.
The Nikkei share average ended 1.0 percent lower to 16,026.76 in choppy trade.
The benchmark index backed off from early morning gains of as much as 1.7 percent after China's Shanghai Composite Index tumbled.
For the month, the Nikkei stumbled 8.5 percent, a third straight monthly decline and the biggest one since May 2012.
The broader Topix fell 1.0 percent to 1,297.85 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 declined 1.1 percent to 11,755.65. (Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa; Editing by Richard Borsuk)