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

Hyogo man arrested for backhanding cash register while verifying his age

Suspect was apparently enraged when his maturity was called into question.

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Osaka theme park to provide fake insta-friends for your Instagram photos

Extras will be on-hand to provide the image of a social life for your image-based social network.

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Japan’s World Cup match-predicting octopus gutted after loss to Poland… literally

That’s probably one result he didn’t see coming.

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Original SoftBank dog Kai-kun passes away at 16

Let’s take a moment to celebrate the life and times of a very good boy.

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Osaka reminds everyone not to go jump off a bridge during World Cup, don’t jump on it either

Yes, even during the World Cup.

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Godzilla? Japanese news broadcast reports “giant creature” in Tokyo Harbor

Coincidence? Or was someone at Nippon TV having a little fun?

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Yakuza currently threatening Japan’s sea cucumbers

Who needs drugs, gambling, and prostitution when there’s an ocean full of slimy black gold for the taking?

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Pop quiz: Test yourself in 5 situations of Japanese manners and customs

Do you have what it takes to rub shoulders properly in Japan? Not literally though, that would be rude.

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Yo-Kai What? Monsters of all kinds plummet from children’s favorite character rankings

Conservative trends rule this year as kids are largely sticking with what they know.

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Happy 623 Day! A day to celebrate the Shoryuken or your own favorite anti-air move

Let us all raise a fist so high in celebration that we actually jump off the ground and maybe even make little flames come out of it.

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Kyoto family’s cat, missing for half a year, returns home after Osaka earthquake

Recent quake ends more happily than expected for one Kansai resident.

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12th Angry Tea Table Flipping Contest held in Japan’s Iwate Prefecture

Regular event calls out the best tea table upenders around.

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When earthquakes hit close to home, they really hit close to home

Many in Osaka have learned that there’s nothing like having the planet attack your home to remind you about the importance of togetherness.

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U.S. Rapper Lil Baby makes waves in Japan, but for something other than his music

A controversial eating choice that has brought Lil Baby into the minds of Japanese people.

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Pikachu, Shinzo Abe, and other Pokémon go to bat for Osaka to host 2025 World Expo

Nintendo’s popular pocket monsters take us on a whirlwind tour of what Osaka is capable of.

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App that buys your receipts crashes within hours of release due to too many users

ONE person’s trash is another’s treasure.

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Shinkansen: “Seats can be quickly used as shields in the event of an attack”

A part of what makes Japan’s bullet trains’ service so great can also save lives.

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Coming soon to Japan: Chilled sweet bean ice candy flavored potato chips…with salt!

Two titans of junk food join forces for the ultimate summer snack.

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Highway “ghost” spooks YouTube viewers in Japan【Video】

The driver in this strange dashboard camera footage says it all: “Whaaaaaaaa?!”

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Hey Asia, let’s help this person find a photo of their deceased father

Bereaved child needs our help to catch a glimpse of one of their father’s fondest memories.

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