Freeter (フリーター furītā?) (other possible spellings are furītā, furiita, freeta, furiitaa, or furitaa) is a Japanese expression for people between the ages of 15 and 34 who lack full-time employment or are unemployed, excluding housewivesand students. The term originally included young people who deliberately chose not to become salary-men, even though jobs were available at the time.
Freeters may also be described as underemployed or freelance[dubious – discuss] workers. These people do not start a career after high school or university, but instead earn money from low skilled and low paid jobs.