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The visiting chairman of Swiss elevator maker Schindler Holding Ltd. offered his condolences Friday but denied criminal responsibility for a 2006 accident in which a teenage boy was killed by a malfunctioning Schindler elevator.

At a news conference during his first visit to Japan since Hirosuke Ichikawa, a 16-year-old high school student, was crushed to death nearly three years ago, Alfred N. Schindler said he believes the company bears no criminal responsibility.

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