What about the Secularization Thesis?

NORC at the University of Chicago, one of the oldest non-profit research organizations in the United States, just released “Belief About God Across Time and Countries,” a report based on data from 30 surveyed countries, revealing that belief in God is gradually declining in most countries.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that atheism is most prevalent in northwest European countries. Curiously, Japan ranked lowest on strong belief, which isn’t much of a surprise, but it also ranked fairly low on atheism. Tom W. Smith, who wrote the report, argues that this is “consistent with a general Japanese response pattern of avoiding strong, extreme response options.”