A Japanese firm has started holding funerals for unwanted sex dolls- for up to £630 a pop.

The services are officiated by a porn star, Rei Kato, before the life-size dolls are destroyed in a machine and disposed of.

But those who don't want their dearly departed to be shredded can buy the most expensive funeral plan, which allows them to watch as the doll is taken apart piece by piece.

Photos posted on the company's website show young or child-like female dolls completely surrounded by or holding flowers.

It turned out there was a demand for such a thing - an online survey found that men who were replacing or getting rid of broken or "used" dolls wanted a formal goodbye because they considered it to be such a personal loss.

The funeral costs £630

There have been a few cases where dolls have ended up with normal rubbish and caused a scare with passersby fearing they had found a murder victim.

A number of shrines and temples were already holding funeral-like services, Sora News reported, and it is estimated that more than 2,000 dolls are sold in Japan every year.

Japan's Human Love Doll Company is now looking to cash in with three funeral packages priced from just over £200.

Each plan comes with a certificate and a commemorative photo and video.

You can watch your doll be taken apart piece by piece

The most basic one is a joint funeral where the service is for a number of dolls.

For £350, a doll is given its own funeral service.

At £630, the most expensive package is called the "doll angel" funeral plan.

It allows the owner to accompany the figure to a processing facility after the service, when it is dismantled in front of them and spared from a machine that would destroy it.

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Before it is dismantled, a portrait of the fake human is taken and a worker can read a letter address to the doll.

The owner is given a piece of the doll as a keepsake while the rest is disposed of.

The funerals are held in Osaka’s Higashiosaka city.

On its website, the company says "love dolls are born to be loved" and many owners don't want to just toss their doll in the bin because it is more than just "a mere thing".

Some find it difficult to part and want a formal way to say goodbye, it adds.

The website says: "As the number of love dolls has increased and it has become easier to pick them up, it is inevitable that love dolls that age quickly will increase, and it is estimated that the disposal of love dolls will eventually become a social problem.

"There are high-risk cases in which a love doll was actually sent out as large garbage and reported or was mistaken for a murder case."

It adds: "A funeral ceremony dedicated to the precious doll you spent time with.

"We deliver your last affection to the doll."

It also holds funerals for stuffed toys and figurines.