Government proposal for Japan population, growth
Members of a government panel say in a roadmap for Japan's economy that 50 years from now, the country should have a population of about 100 million.
It's currently 127 million. They also say the nation should aim for annual growth of between 1.5 and 2 percent.
The panel was set up in January by the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy. It is made up of experts from various fields. The members have been looking into mid- and long-term challenges facing the economy.
They say that by around 2020, the government should double spending on measures aimed at countering the low birthrate.
And they proposed that government officials should work to raise the employment rate of women in their 30s and 40s and people aged 65 and over.