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Robot acts as priest at Japanese wedding

The groom looked dashing, his bride resplendent in white, but all eyes at this Japanese wedding were on the priest, a four-foot tall robot with colourful, flashing eyes called i-Fairy.

The robot is usually used at museums and exhibitions to direct visitors, but with the help of a new programme, it pronounced Satoko Inoue and Tomohiro Shibata man and wife at a Sunday ceremony.

The event is being billed as the first wedding presided over by a robot, a fitting marriage for the couple who met through the machines.

The bride, Inoue, works for the company that makes the i-Fairy, and her husband, Shibata, is a client.

"I always felt that robots would become more integrated into people's everyday lives. This cute robot is part of my company, I decided that I would love to have it at my ceremony," Inoue said.