Master Blaster

Writer / Translator

Master Blaster is the two-man translating team of Canada’s Steven Le Blanc and Japan’s Masami M, a pair who in addition to writing work are in English education and created the StudyNow app for Japanese students of English.

Together they have written somewhere around 1,500 articles for RocketNews24 covering such diverse topics as Chinese men selling sanitary napkins to each other and a Japanese guy dragging an ear of corn around the Tokyo train system. A few of these were actually good, but don’t take our word for it! Here’s what our beloved readers had to say:

“One isn't always in the mood for bold tastes. But when I'm in the mood for bold flavor I turn to you.”
“Stupid article. Who cares what the Japanese think it's cool. You don't call a monkey, "gorilla".”
“You know, this is about the most cogent explanation of how a turbocharger works that I have ever seen in the non-motorsports world.”
“Thanks for the article peter!”
“It's people like you who make exploitation possible.”
“It looks yummy and the story was great. Thank you for the smile.”

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All Stories by Master Blaster

Counting sheep to get to sleep may work after all, unless you speak Japanese

Japanese children’s book suggests we might have been doing it wrong all this time.

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Pokémon releases ASMR videos featuring Charmander fire and snacking Chespin【Video】

Gotta catch some Zzzz’s!

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In search of Japan’s hidden double pay phones

And you’ll need to find them all for 100-percent completion of Japan.

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Fukuoka man arrested for licking the ear of a female stranger he fancied

What may work between dogs doesn’t apply to human relations.

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Everyone: “I wouldn’t move to Miyazaki Prefecture if they paid me.”

Gorgeous but remote region struggles to bring people in.

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Okonomiyaki sauce producer on damage control following heightened Iran-US tensions

Company assures us a famous Japanese dish is not in danger of becoming collateral damage.

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Chinese police force called in to investigate New Year decoration

Someone dialed 110 on a 2020.

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Popular Star Wars characters interpreted as ice cream flavors by Baskin Robbins

If there were a flavor for the film series as a whole it’d be Rocky Road.

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Inside the rogue 7-Eleven, a convenience store completely cut off by its company

Is this 7-Eleven just being run by a loose cannon, or is it a sign of bigger problems ahead?

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“Ugly” mascot Sento-kun finds new popularity 12 years after debut

Savvy business practices helped the once-unsettling chimera win over hearts in the end.

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Mr. Sato hunts for New Year’s lucky tablets in the wilderness of Akihabara

No one puts the “fuku” in “fukubukuro” like Akihabara.

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Our writer Seiji becomes the face of baldness on Google Japan

Seiji experiences a roller-coaster of emotions after a shocking discovery.

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KFC Japan holds annual memorial services for its chicken

Execs pray for chickens of the past and future on “Chicken Thanksgiving.”

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Another New Year cash giveaway hinted at by former Zozotown CEO Yusaku Maezawa

This time he’s doling out the dough on YouTube it seems.

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Meet the true spirit of Christmas in Japan: Tiger Mask

Yes Japan, there is a Tiger Mask, whose kindness we should all try to emulate.

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“Newtype” Hatsune Miku poised for comeback in 2020

But don’t call it a comeback. She’s been here for years.

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Japan prepares itself for…THE FUTURE!!! Lots of bridges and living underwater expected

Mitsubishi’s view of 2020 was both incredibly on-point and way-off at the same time.

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Election to determine the best Final Fantasy, game, character, boss, and music underway

And what has your public broadcaster done for you lately?

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Our pal Butch (a.k.a. Big Wave) becomes face of Taco Bell Japan’s hexagonal chicken tacos

Limited-edition combos come with Butch accessories too!

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Overworked Japan loses last public holiday of the year, even though it’s still on the calendar

No Country for Old Holidays.

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