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

Let’s try out some paper “underwear for a travel” from the 100-yen store!

Go Hattori tastes the forbidden fruit of Japan’s rock-bottom-priced goods.

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Man arrested for spraying Japan’s public broadcasting fee collector with fire extinguisher

That’s one way to end a heated conversation.

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Grilled & chilled sweet potatoes from vending machines a hit in southern Japan

The newest natural summer snack sensation is also helping people with disabilities earn livings.

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Toilet-seat themed comedic-adventure The Benza breaks new ground for foreign talent in Japan

Full of literal toilet humor and heart, this Amazon Prime series is a breath of fresh air.

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Can the “Beijing Bikini” help Tokyo bear the boiling heat during next year’s Games?

Some Chinese authorities want to put a stop to it, but might Japanese authorities be wise to encourage letting our guts fly free?

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Climate change may be affecting otaku migration patterns, attracting matadors

This year’s Comiket Opening Dash otaku herds seem abnormally sluggish, sparse, and disoriented…and there’s a matador now.

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High-end karaoke chain invites anyone to come in for water and rest even if not a customer

Pasela’s gesture is simple but effective, and receiving lots of praise.

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Preorders open for Godzilla: King of the Guitars, only five to be made

Bear in mind, it will stomp a trail of destruction through your bank account too.

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Prime Minister Abe undergoes a spectrum of emotions in eight seconds flat

A brief moment of vulnerability in the normally stone-faced PM.

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How’s the fidelity of modern earphones when shoved up your nose?

Is one orifice still just as good as another? We find out!

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Japanese performance artist develops kit to let you experience a summer music festival anywhere

“Fuji Rock Anywhere” can be made with ordinary household products.

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Olympic medals and torch display held in Tokyo for a very limited time

Mr. Sato gets closer to Olympic gold than he ever dreamed possible.

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Mr. Sato buys an electric earwax cleaner, takes it for a spin

Great, another job taken over by machines.

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Japan’s Roofless Museum holds many man-made marvels from the Sphinx to the Parthenon

We travel into the depths of suburbia in search of Moai and ancient Pakistani Priest Kings.

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Japanese woman stumbles on the power of the infamous “gaijin seat” phenomenon during flight

The same anomaly that makes foreigners feel icky is harnessed by Japanese people to get breathing room on public transport.

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And now, the principal percussionist for a German orchestra playing Rossini on Taiko no Tatsujin

Ah, a true classic of music history…The song ain’t bad either.

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What’s the difference between “cheeseburger” and “double cheeseburger” flavored chips?

We ask the makers of the upcoming Double Zeppin Cheeseburger chips what the deal is.

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Okayama police academy instructor stabs recruit in chest during training

Instructor wanted to add realism to his training, but things got too real.

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Manga shows true life-changing encounter between Hawaiian surfers and paralyzed Japanese man

A 16-panel manga shows how easy it can be to change a person’s life.

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American band Vasudeva uses real Japanese convenience store receipt for shirt design

But what do people in Japan think about the design?

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