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City education board officials said Monday that a 14-year-old boy charged with the fatal stabbing of a classmate in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, on Friday, had been consulting with junior high school staff about issues with the victim — a reversal of an earlier explanation by the school that the two had no trouble with each other.

The boy, arrested Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder and later sent to prosecutors on murder charges, told investigators that he had a quarrel with the 13-year-old schoolmate, Kotaro Hongo, over a textbook when they were studying together at the suspect’s home on Friday for the school’s end-of-term exam.

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