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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We investigate the rumors that our writers appeared in an instant rice commercial

Join us for this exclusive investigative report.

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Man runs amok inside Osaka convenience store, reminds everyone of the Yakuza video game

Life imitates art?

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We try the hottest games at TGS… then lose all the pictures so draw them by hand 【No Photos】

Join us for a truly one-of-a-kind look at the biggest titles of Tokyo Game Show 2018.

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Did Prime Minister Abe just make an entire protest disappear?

Shinzo Abe might have just pulled a total David Copperfield during an appearance in Akihabara.

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Aichi Police: Surrender your driver’s license and get up to $1 off at McDonald’s!

Elderly people encouraged to give up all driving privileges in exchange for somewhat cheaper Happy Meals.

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Wakayama cop loses fully-loaded automatic handgun on the street while guarding PM

We all have our bad days at work, some worse than others.

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Major Japanese ramen chain’s logo confuses Honda cars’ AI

Although in the cars’ defense I never really knew what that logo was supposed to be either.

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Video highlights some of the disturbing Pretty Cure live show bloopers

Given the massive number of live shows this franchise has put on, it’s no surprise they don’t always go off without a hitch.

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Osaka World Expo “Fist” statue stirs controversy for being “incredibly gaudy”

Some angered over Osaka’s three-finger-ring-fever in its bid for the World Expo 2025.

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Commercial for obscure car part marker may become a milestone in Japanese animation

This 45 second spot is a wild ride, and might be the last cel anime of an era.

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Frozen azuki snacks last miraculously long in blackout stricken Hokkaido

Azuki Ice adds to legendary status in Japan once again by defiantly providing delicious treats in times of need.

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Hokkaido Earthquake Day 5: Our Hokkaido-based reporter shares his experiences in an affected area

Modern conveniences are returning to parts of Hokkaido, but there’s still much to be done.

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University in Kyoto offers free tuition to anyone over 100 years of age, over half off if over 50

Hanazono University hopes you’re never too old to get a bachelor’s in clinical psychology.

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People affected by Hokkaido earthquake stock up on everything but Peyang’s ultra-spicy noodles

Earthquake-affected areas more or less saying they’d rather starve than take on Extra Spicy MAX END Yakisoba.

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We restore the magic-marker-painted Mr. Sato Car to its original $8 condition

Farewell Mr. Sato Car. It’s the end of an era, but with the promise of a new day.

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Typhoon Jebi hits too close to home, wreaks havoc on my Osaka neighborhood【Videos】

Until Jebi pounded into Osaka, I realized I’d never really experienced a typhoon before.

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Police on the lookout for Arashi “fan” who stole articles about the group from public library

One fan of the boy band is taking their idol worship too far.

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Man arrested for robbing Tokyo convenience store with nose hair trimmer

Adorable weapon choice was not the only misstep by this would-be bandit.

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Police officer cleared of indecency charges after riding train with pants’ zipper open

Tokyo High Court ruled the defendant wasn’t exposing self, just flying low.

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Tochigi man arrested for shoplifting animals from hardware store to feed to his cat

Suspect’s pet must have been a finicky feline to need to eat exotic prey like parakeets and hamsters.

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