Mitsuo Shibahashi has married a Thai woman in Japan after shocking his followers by leaving the monkhood after nearly four decades.
After registering his marriage with Suttirat Muttamana in Iwate prefecture in Japan on Friday, Mr Mitsuo, formerly known as Phra Mitsuo, posted a video on YouTube and said the woman was his destiny. He confirmed that the marriage was consensual between the two.
Mr Mitsuo admitted that he had never thought about leaving the monkhood until he met Mrs Suttirat, which eventually led to his decision to return to ordinary secular life.
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