I'm going to be transferring money to the UK fairly regularly over the next few months. I just made a transfer of 1000 pounds last week, but I got charged 4000 yen by shinsei bank, as well as a 12 pound fee from someone somewhere in the middle. This is pretty steep (nearing 6000 yen), so I'd like to find something a little cheaper. I used to do post office money orders back in the day to Canada, they were 1000 yen I think (or 2000?). Do they still offer this? Does anyone know how much they cost? Any other recommended methods?
In this case, paypal isn't an option, or it's probably what I would use.
Edit: I did look at Lloyds TSB, but it appears they charge 2000 yen, plus 0.1% at a minimum of 1500 yen - so their base charge is 3500 yen plus the intermediary fee. This is slightly better than Shinsei, but still a little too much in my books.