Comment on Good News:Taobao Can Ship Directly to Japan without Agent Now! by Anon$.
They might be “able” to ship it to you directly now, but that doesn’t mean that it is cheaper to have it sent to you that way.
For example, when I attempted to buy a coat and have it sent to Japan, it was 200RMB for direct shipping. Through a forwarder it was 100RMB.