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Two officials working for a bus operating company pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges stemming from a crash in 2016, which killed 15 people in a mountain resort town, as they faced court in the first hearing of their trial.

Misaku Takahashi, 60, president of the operator ESP, and Tsuyoshi Arai, 53, an operations manager at the time of the crash, denied they were guilty of professional negligence resulting in death or injury.

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