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

Five members of the Bad Lobster biker group arrested by Ebina police

Residents live in mild fear of the gang and hope their daughters never bring a Bad Lobster home for dinner.

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Lawson 100 to sell three disgusting-looking baked goods that they’re sure we’ll love

Chili peppers, pickled ginger, and potato do battle with anko, mayo and chocolate inside these seemingly hard-to-stomach combos.

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Fukuoka man arrested for stealing used tennis rackets because he liked their smell

Theft of sporting goods may have been a crime of passion.

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Shizuoka Police on the lookout for man who threw adult DVDs at teenage boy

Kids these days… They don’t know the value of an adult DVD.

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Japanese Twitter users surprised that the Foreign Minister did something cool

It took about a decade, but the Abe administration is finally figuring out how to use Twitter.

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Intoxicated Saitama man hides mysterious paper in a tree, Mr. Sato investigates

Our fearless reporter risks getting accosted up by a drunkard to uncover the truth.

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Gold-dust topped instant noodles on sale in Japan for the end of Heisei Era

Oh, you eat your noodles without any precious metals on top? How…quaint.

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Limited run of commemorative Ed Sheeran sake on sale from 8 April

Hey, you got your Ed Sheeran in my sake! No, you got your sake in my Ed Sheeran! Wait a minute….

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U.N.K.O. is the most beautiful song about poo ever written

A collab between popular Japanese electronic artists leads to a touching tribute to the substance that unites us all.

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Ichiro turns down award from Japan’s Prime Minister for the third time

International baseball legend says there’ll be time to be honored at the end of his life.

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Japanese mythbusting: Is it good luck to stumble upon another person’s poo in a shared toilet?

We put the cold comfort that fecal encounters bring good fortune to the test.

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Leading toy maker in Japan releases DIY mayo-making machines

We take the Ultimate MYO for a spin and see if it truly is the limit of mayonnaise makers.

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Japan Rail baffled by man who jumped onto tracks and disappeared

Mystery man caused a 30 minute delay of service.

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Japanese man discovers his grandmother’s door plays The Terminator theme song

There’s music all around us-eerily unsettling music.

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Nagoya teens arrested for pooping off the roof of building, posting video on net

The literal and proverbial s#&t has hit the fan for one pair of boys.

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Japan’s Plus Flow suits engineered to fight “business trip burnout”

These suits claim to not only hold up while traveling, but help you feel healthier during trips as well.

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Cup Noodle makers successfully create lab-grown diced steak with authentic texture

It may not look much like steak, but researchers say it will taste just as good.

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Smooth Mayonnaise Pudding served up in honor of Kewpie’s 100th anniversary

Mayo-themed cafe open in Tokyo for a very limited time.

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Here comes a new T-Shirt! Uniqlo Street Fighter II and V shirts

Next time you dismantle a car with punches and kicks, do it in one of these neat champion edition shirts.

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Tokyo man arrested for stealing work boots from a poultry factory because they turn him on

Suspect gives a bad name to all lovers of disgusting boots.

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