This article outlines the reasoning behind a controversial new tax in Japan. In april, it is now planned that Japan’s consumption tax will be raised from 5% to 8%. The last time a tax increase like this was implemented was in 1997. The immediate effects caused Japan’s economy to dive into a recession. Shinzo Abe, the man who is raising the tax could potentially face the onslaught of the voters. To compensate for this, he says the plans are to use the revenue to help revitalize the economy and intends to do so through the use of a three step plan. Its a risky move and if not effective, could serve to be crippling.