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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Boxer Kazuto Ioka in trouble for showing tattoos during match, flips off association in response

Ioka and friends declare: “Tattoo culture is best.”

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Does changing your smartphone lock to 8376 bring good luck, as one Japanese book title suggests?

We try to harness the magical power of a new passcode.

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Let’s learn Japanese with Steven Seagal’s entire filmography!

Anything can be educational material if you want it to be.

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Trio of thieves break into Japanese glasses store, foiled by old-timey cash register

They don’t make them like they used to… back in 1908.

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AKB48’s Indonesian spin-off group JKT48 forced to downsize due to pandemic

JKT48 + COVID-19 = -26

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Japanese boy whom Ronaldo stood up for in 2014 becomes national soccer champion

Seven years later and still pursuing his dream.

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Fukuoka town erects 7-meter gorilla scarecrow as symbol of strength against COVID-19

You had your chance, Amabie. It’s the gorilla’s turn now.

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Japanese media finds out if it’s cold enough to “fry” an egg on the street in Hokkaido

You never know unless you fry.

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Super-flashy kimono shop Miyabi tells us about the Coming of Age Day situation this year

Will COVID-19 dampen Japan’s most flamboyant celebration?

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Sumo wrestler quits over COVID-19 fears, breaks no-social-media rule doing so

They can’t fire him. He quit.

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Asahi Super Dry to sell draft beer in a can

Can they really pack a full draft beer experience in a can?

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One Piece sets out to find its most popular character in the world in massive survey

Everyone from Luffy to Camel the super penguin is in the running.

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Tokyo Olympic Committee trains 220 “hackers” to protect games

The real global competition might be going on behind the scenes.

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Mr. Sato remembers the hit song of 2020, it’s because of that $100 Dolce & Gabbana mask of his

Can you put a price on true comfort? Dolce & Gabbana can.

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Top 100 manga of all time chosen by survey of 150,000 Japanese people

Which of the thousands of titles came out on top?

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Let’s try making our own Chinese McDonald’s Oreo-Spam burgers!【SoraKitchen】

Well, maybe see how it went for us before trying it yourself at least.

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Peer into Beard Papa’s lucky bag of cream

The Beard Papa tote bag is just the tip of this creamberg.

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Shibushi-shi Shibushi-cho Shibushi no Shibushi Shiyakusho Shibushi Shisho to change name

And I JUST learned how to say it!

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Date of Japanese holiday Setsubun changes to 2 February for first time in 124 years

Don’t shove sushi in your friends’ mouths on the wrong day. That would be awkward.

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Line of figures depicting animals using toilets begins pre-orders three months in advance

Get a set before your fellow art enthusiasts scoop them all up!

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