Buying direct from Japan can be and is cheaper,

I wanted brake pads recently that are made in Japan (Dixcel) and it was cheaper to buy + shipping than what I could find in Australia.
I suggest you check them out for a wide assortment of gear.

In my example:
Pads: Dixcel Front Brake Pads Type EC - Max Mira Gino Move Naked Opti Storia YRV Duet AU$67.75
Shipping: (from Japan to Australia) AU$38.16
Payment Charge: AU$2.99
Grand Total: AU$106.19
Grand Total to be Charged: ¥8,002

To try and buy in Australia from was going to cost at least AU$129 before shipping.