Honorary Associates of Rationalist International

Katsuaki Asai (Japan)

Scholar, author and pioneer of rationalist movement in Japan. Asai believes that there is a strong rationalist tradition in the history of Japan, and that it can emerge as the foundation for its future. In the paper prepared for the Second International Rationalist Conference held at Trivandrum in January 2000, he wrote: "Shintoism and the Japanese version of Buddhism have strong elements of rationalism. While Japan is a strict secular nation, most of the people practice Shintoism (worshipping the beauty of nature) during their life and become Buddhists for getting the burial ceremonies done. The Japanese culture has strong elements of rationalism."