I just had a couple emails with reaper about this and while i understand the answers more or less, they were not really totally satisfying. No free shipping to Japan and no direct shipping, though direct shipping might be available at some time in the future.
They did say they were aware of the delays now but were hoping things would be more streamlined.
They did say shipping to Japan would be the same with AU shipping as before when they sent stuff to Japan by boat ...........???????????????? Dude, that never happened!!!! I told them I got stuff in 7-10 days and no boat ever made it across the pacific in 7-10 days, at least not carrying mail.
They also said shipping had been artificially low for me for a while, but i am not sure if i buy that or not. I have seen other sellers sending stuff much cheaper than they do. A lot of my orders have been pretty small in physical dimensions.
So overall annoying, but it might work out. It will probably be a damper on my ordering though.