The government plans to support efforts to make child-rearing easier in a bid to keep Japan's population from falling below 100 million five decades from now, according to the blueprint for the plan.

A draft of the plan to be finalized later this month by the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy said Sunday that the government will place emphasis on encouraging women to have more than two children, child-rearing and education.

The main thrust of the government's plan is to slow Japan's population decline, which is being driven by a low birthrate and rapidly graying senior populace, to the point that at least 100 million citizens will be present 50 years from now. The other key tasks involve putting an end to decades of deflation and ensuring sustainable economic growth.