Nikkei opens lower on China growth fears

Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:07pm EDT

TOKYO, March 21 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei average looked
set to snap a five-day winning streak on Wednesday, falling
after U.S. stocks dropped overnight on fresh concerns over
China's economic growth.	
    Market players said the softer yen was likely to underpin
investor sentiment and support the index, however. 	
    The benchmark Nikkei slipped 0.4 percent to
10,104.73, easing from an 8-1/2-month high of 10,172.64 marked
on Monday.	
    The broader Topix index declined 0.5 percent to
863.03.