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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Japanese comedian apologizes for his many “multipurpose toilet affairs”

That was not one of the multiple purposes of those toilets.

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Move over ramen and udon, “cup okonomiyaki” has come to play*

*Some actual cooking required

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Yoshiki’s first photo book in 28 years becomes bestseller in Japan

Looks like he’s still got it.

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The Mister Donut Ice Bar: “When donuts become ice cream”

This unassuming bar is a big moment in ice-creamology.

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Nara University study finds some common teas can neutralize COVID-19

Let’s hope this doesn’t turn into another buying frenzy.

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City official, angered when asked to wear a mask, throws own feces

Very likely the first political scandal of an official throwing their own poo.

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Instant ramen with 40 billion lactic acid bacteria on sale now

I demand a recount!

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Medical university in Tokushima honors student for his gaming

And I have yet to hear from my alma mater…

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Let’s celebrate Good Spouse Day by dressing up as our partners!

What? Only us? So be it then.

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Surprisingly strong Hokkaido woman arrested for poking holes in 13 expensive melons with finger

“You’re already unsellable.”

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Kyoto man arrested for opening packs of Demon Slayer key chains until finding one he wanted

But who’s the real demon here?

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Ikeda City mayor pledges to pay about six bucks in restitution for installing sauna in his office

It’s not about the principle. It’s the money.

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How I learned to stop worrying and love the Egg’wich in Osaka

Adventures in gluten-free burgers.

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Face mask distributer imprisoned in sex shop by yakuza for 11 hours

All in a day’s work for a medical supply dealer.

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Fukuoka woman drives through front of convenience store because she really needed to pee

Sometimes, peeing your pants is better.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…is flying away in a hot-air balloon

Osaka’s winter illumination goes to new heights.

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Best Masknist Award 2020 held to honor pioneers in Japanese mask fashion

It just dawned on me that “new normal” is an oxymoron.

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NPB player sparks controversy by not letting a retiring pitcher strike him out

A touching tribute to a player’s career or insult to the sport?

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Nissin develops revolution in chewiness with 8-minute instant udon made with “mochi wheat”

“Instant” is relative.

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Spike in empty houses calling the fire department in Akita City baffles authorities

The call is coming from inside the phone!

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