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10:26 Mar 26, 2001
English to Japanese translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: Minion
steve sutherland

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4部下 buka etc.
Timothy Takemoto
na +1子分、手先、奴隷、または寵児xxxmichiokn



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minion of fortune

minions of the police

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agree  Timothy Takemoto
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部下 buka etc.

The answer above is taken from the ALC online dictionary. The following includes options not given therein...
In a company, 部下 "buka" for underlings.

( At the ALC online dictionary this is given as
followership // junior staff // man // merry man // merry men // spear carrier // subordinate // subordinate officer // henchman

Genan, 下男 is not often used, old or classist. ( footman // hired hand // houseman // lackey // manservant // maty // muchacho // waiting man )

I like the kobun 子分 given above. It tends to suggest the maifa (yakuza) or underworld.
(appendage // followership // following // hanger-on // hatchet man // heeler // henchman // minion // protege // record changer // vassal )

To place the emphasis on the person, rather than the relationship, then perhaps tuijuusha 追従者
acquiesce-man // adulator // apple polisher // ass crawler // ass-kisser〔【略】AK〕 // ass-licker // arse-licker // butt-licker // beta male // bootlick // brown-noser // brownnoser // bum-licker // butt-kisser // clawback // cookie pusher // crawler // egg-sucker // eggsucker // fart-catcher // fart-sucker // goody-goody two shoes // greaser // hairy belly // lackey // pickthank // polisher // soap-crawler // suck-ass // suck-hole // suck-off // suckup // suck-up // sycophant // toady // yes-man

    Reference: http://www.alc.co.jp/
Timothy Takemoto
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