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Once the parents die, the children will have to pay for their housing themselves.
Even if they inherit the house or apartment, they still have to bear the costs of ownership.
In 1982 there were an estimated 0.5 million freeters in Japan, 0.8 million in 1987, 1.01 million in 1992 and 1.5 million in 1997.
The number for 2001 is 4.17 million freeters according to one estimate, and 2 million in 2002 according to another estimate.
The biggest problem for freeters is that the Japanese pension system is based on the number of years a person has paid into the system.
The freeter usually has little or no pension insurance or savings, which may force him or her to work beyond the usual retirement age. The pension system will be under increasing strain as the ratio of pensioners to workers increases.
They may thus have children later in life, or not at all.The advantage of being a freeter is that one has more freedom of choice, and more time for hobbies, volunteering, and community service.