Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
statesman; vassal; courtier; minister; official
|the people; nationality; citizen|
|simp. and trad.
- Min Nan
|Kanji in this term|
- a subject (citizen in a monarchy or empire)
In the context of Japan, this term was used in Meiji era to refer to the citizens of Japan, who were at that time considered subjects of the emperor.