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

Buying a can of coffee from an unmanned, AI-controlled kiosk in Tokyo

Mr. Sato goes on a speed coffee run with no humans to hold him up…or are there?

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Does instant noodles cooked with rice make super noodle rice?

Just because two things taste great, doesn’t mean they always taste great together.

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Real fashion police: Con man arrested in Tokyo, police tipped off by ill-fitting suit

Crime doesn’t pay, but looking good apparently does.

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Lawson begins first self-service convenience store in Tokyo, no line-ups necessary

Just scan the item you want with your smartphone and walk out.

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A totally new Pokémon GO experience using both sights and sounds opens in Tokyo

Would you like to be, in Roppongi, in a Pokémon GO AR Garden, in the shade?

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Japanese snack maker develops portable gyoza you can eat anywhere, anytime

One company dared to dream.

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We test out a product that promises it will make cars obsolete: these goofy looking boots

Dr. NakaMats, you’ve done it again!

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McDonald’s Japan giving away free coffee again, from 16 to 19 October

New promotion will also run later into the night.

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Try a bag of freshly handmade “Craft Cola” served from Iyoshi Cola at Tokyo area farmers’ markets

Iyoshi Cola is bringing cola back to the streets, back to the people.

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Our writers band together to take on a 15-pound “All-Topping-Curry” from Coco Ichi

We learn the true meaning of friendship and heartburn.

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Fukuoka senior arrested for stealing a single grape, denies charges

He probably would have gotten away with it too if he didn’t insist on peeling the darn thing.

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Colorful custom Cup Noodles sold at Momofuku Noodle in Osaka with 2,145 different varieties

Join us as we sample Cup Noodles’ new custom-made and vegetable-themed soup shop.

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Japanese cosmetic company discovers our “stress smell” is similar to a dead animal’s butt

Shiseido says our bodies produce a very distinct odor when we feel the effects of stress.

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Seiji and the spirit of Yngwie Malmsteen actually kind of interview actress Yoshiko Sengen

Seiji’s fake interviews in order to audition his guitar playing are getting dangerously close to real interviews.

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This ad for Ueno Clinic makes no sense… until you realize what the clinic specializes in【Video】

Whoever conceived this commercial deserves some kind of award.

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What time appears most in Japanese and English song lyrics?

Seven p.m.? Eight in the morning? What time of day inspires the most crooning?

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“Horror Aquarium” opens this autumn in Sunshine City, Tokyo

Experience a new breed of terror this autumn, but don’t tap on the glass! It’ll scare the fish.

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Astronaut’s assessment of Super Typhoon Trami isn’t filling us with confidence

You know you’re in for a rough time when a storm freaks out someone who has literally seen all of the earth. 

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Nagoya City Council debates: Is toilet paper really needed in public restrooms?

This is why it’s important to vote in city council elections.

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Come celebrate the 30th anniversary of Commando’s Japanese TV debut at special screening in Tokyo

You’ve never seen Commando until you’ve seen it surrounded by rabid Japanese fans in costume with firecrackers and tambourines.

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