I chose the dearer delivery method 1500yen instead of post. They did not charge for collecting the VAT. But then they did not charge the VAT either. The package was put through the letterbox. I don't know if it was customs or the carrier that failed to charge but then I don't realy care.
I've never been chanrged VAT on anything I've imported yet Jim. And I bought albums in several different countries in my time. Hayley albums even. I think I can count Japan, New Zealand, Australia, United States and UK as places where I have bought Hayley's albums.