The ILO Office in Japan has taken important steps to spread awareness of trafficking in Japan as a destination country, aiming wherever possible to assist the important measures now being taken by the Government of Japan, both to enact anti-trafficking legislation and to strengthen law enforcement against trafficking. A number of public forums were organized in Japan by the ILO and publications and information kits in Japanese have been prepared over the past couple of years. In recent times there have been several signs of this growing commitment by the Government of Japan. One example is the establishment by the Prime Minister’s Office of a Coordination Mechanism on Trafficking in Persons, in April 2004. A National Plan of Action was formulated on 14 December 2004 to prevent and eradicate human trafficking, as well as to protect trafficked victims.