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Monday, 17th May 2010
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Japanese couple married by robot

A couple from Tokyo have been married by a robot, in what could be the world's first wedding carried out by one.

Tomohiro Shibata and Satoko Inoue were married yesterday (May 16th) at a restaurant in the Japanese capital, with a 1.5 metre tall IFairy carrying out the ceremony. The robot was dressed in a white breastplate and donned a floral tiara and pigtailed hair for the event.

The pair chose to have their wedding conducted by the unusual priest after they met through the building and selling of the IFairy models. Mr Shibata is a professor of robotics at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology and Ms Inoue works for the firm which builds the system.

Speaking to the Associated Press, the bride said: "This was a lot of fun. I think that Japanese have a strong sense that robots are our friends. Those in the robot industry mostly understand this, but people mainly want robots near them that serve some purpose."

Japan is known as one of the most technologically forward nations on the planet.

Written by Mark Smith.