Japanese Couple Wed by Robot

Japan's Tomohiro Shibata and Satoko Inoue have become at the first couple in the world to be married by a robot.

At the wedding in Tokyo the couple exchanged their vows and wedding rings all in the presence of an I-Fairy robot acting as the priest.

Both the bride and groom are a part of Japan's emerging and highly lucrative robotics industry.

Mr. Shibata is a professor of Robotics at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology and his wife works at Kokoro, the company that makes the 6.3 million yen (£47,000) I-Fairy robot.

Modern Japanese weddings like to challenge tradition by pushing against the boundaries of acceptability, and this wedding is no different.

The couple believe that robots brought them together, and so it made sense that a robot, being remotely controlled from behind, should marry them.

The I-Fairy robot, one of many robots currently available in Japanese markets, comes with shining eyes and a snazzy pink pigtail.