In Japan, robot dogs are for life, and death

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"Kuma," the Shiba Inu (R) looks at AIBO (L) playing after the funeral for 19 Sony's pet robot AIBOs at the Kofuku-ji temple. (AFP PHOTO)

"Kuma," the Shiba Inu (R) looks at AIBO (L) playing after the funeral for 19 Sony's pet robot AIBOs at the Kofuku-ji temple. (AFP PHOTO)

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A-Fun employee Ikuhiro Kanbara (R) watches "Kuma," the Shiba Inu (L) watching AIBO after the funeral ceremony. (AFP PHOTO)

A-Fun employee Ikuhiro Kanbara (R) watches "Kuma," the Shiba Inu (L) watching AIBO after the funeral ceremony. (AFP PHOTO)

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19-Sony's pet robot AIBOs are line up at an alter prior to hold the robots' funeral. (AFP PHOTO)

19-Sony's pet robot AIBOs are line up at an alter prior to hold the robots' funeral. (AFP PHOTO)

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Kofuku-ji temple chief priest Bungen Oi (R) offers a prayer during the funeral for 19 Sony's pet robot AIBOs at the Kofuku-ji temple. (AFP PHOTO)

Kofuku-ji temple chief priest Bungen Oi (R) offers a prayer during the funeral for 19 Sony's pet robot AIBOs at the Kofuku-ji temple. (AFP PHOTO)

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Kofuku-ji temple chief priest Bungen Oi (5th R) and employees A-Fun at the robots' funeral. (AFP PHOTO)

Kofuku-ji temple chief priest Bungen Oi (5th R) and employees A-Fun at the robots' funeral. (AFP PHOTO)

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Hideko Mori plays with her robot pet AIBO. (AFP PHOTO)

Hideko Mori plays with her robot pet AIBO. (AFP PHOTO)

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