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Tokyo stocks down 0.61% by break

Tokyo stocks fell 0.61 percent Thursday morning as the yen strengthened against the dollar, hitting exporter shares, and as fears over China's economic prospects dampened sentiment.

The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange fell 122.49 points to 20,100.14 yen by the break, while the Topix index of all first-section shares fell 0.94 percent, or 15.42 points, to 1,633.06.