The government in 2020 is expected to set a goal of reducing the number of new residents in Tokyo by 70,000 per year from the 2013 level to ease overpopulation in the capital, a draft of the policy showed Friday.

Later this month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet is likely to approve the five-year plan on addressing the declining population and revitalizing regional economies.

The plan, a copy of which was obtained by Kyodo News, is expected to include measures to achieve the target, such as efforts to encourage the relocation of public research institutions and companies to other regions.