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J. Thomas Rimer (born 2 March 1933[1]) is an American scholar of Japanese literature and drama. He is a Professor Emeritus of Japanese Literature, Theatre, and Art at the University of Pittsburgh.[2] He has served as the chief of the Asian Division of the Library of Congress.[3]

Rimer has written about Classical Japanese literature,[4] as well as modern Japanese drama, and has translated several works.[5] He has written several works for a popular audience,[4] and has been credited with making Japanese drama more accessible to Americans.[5]

Rimer earned a PhD in Japanese Literature from Columbia University in 1971.[2]


  1. ^ "Rimer, J. Thomas". Library of Congress Authorities. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b "J. Thomas Rimer". East Asian Languages and Literatures. University of Pittsburgh. Archived from the original on July 3, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
  3. ^ "Achievers". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 13, 1991. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Taylor, Robert (December 7, 1988). "Keys to the Mysteries of Japanese Literature". The Boston Globe. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Wetmore Jr., Kevin J. (Fall 2011). "J. Thomas Rimer". Asian Theatre Journal. 28 (2): 400–408. doi:10.1353/atj.2011.0058.