The country's official name was Siam (RTGS: Sayam origin unknown) until 23 June 1939, when it was changed to Thailand it was renamed Siam between 1945 and 11 May 1949, after which the name Thailand was once again adopted. The word Thai is not, as commonly believed to be, derived from the word Tai meaning free in the Thai language it is, however, the name of an ethnic group from the central plains (the Thai people). A famous Thai scholar argued that Tai simply means people or human being since his investigation shows that in some rural areas the word Tai was used instead of the usual Thai word khon for people . With that in mind the locals seemed to have also accepted the alternative meaning and will verbally state that it means Land of the free.
In Japan, a junior idol (ジュニアアイドル junia aidoru), alternatively chidol (チャイドル chaidoru) or low teen (ローティーン rōtīn), is primarily defined as a child or early teenager pursuing a career as a photographic model (this includes both gravure and AV).
Child actors, and J-pop singers (whose musical genre is often termed idol pop) can also be considered junior idols, and are often featured in photobooks and image DVDs.
Female fashion models (not to be confused with glamour models including gravure idols) also begin their careers typically at age 13 - 15, but are usually not considered junior idols. Child models, whose careers are usually over by their early teenage years, are also not usually considered junior idols.