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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Self-screening urine test for depression and other mental illness developed in Japan

Urine for a mental health screening.

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Survey finds Japan’s most satisfying restaurants for 2021

It’s not so lonely at the top of this ranking.

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Explore the exquisite beauty of “Pops’ Fart-loon” fireworks

Fireworks and a father’s farts: two quintessential summer experiences.

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Piko Taro holds virtual Pikofest to help kick off Paralympics in its official video game

Punch perms and leopard print for everyone!

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Can the iper regent hair style of ’80s Japan’s bad boy youth ever make a comeback?

Hair that looks like molded plastic is just itching for a return.

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Space World Station becomes the most misleading station name in Japan

Space World is dead, long live Space World Station.

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Fuji Rock Festival to send free COVID-19 test kits to all ticket holders

Anyone who tests positive and stays home will get a full refund.

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Babies understand that people with supernatural powers are better, according to Japanese study

Babies know the score.

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We enter a mixed martial arts tournament held by tea maker Ito En

Live by the tea, die by the tea.

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Mayor of Nagoya in hot water for biting local athlete’s gold medal

Maybe he was just teething.

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Mizkan develops world’s most “beautiful” natto, Mr. Sato takes it for a spin

But true beauty is in the eye of the bean-holder.

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“Safe” way to drink on the street recommended by our mask expert, forbidden by everyone else

Drown your sorrows or drown yourself trying.

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How has inflation affected the price of a gigantic ice cream cone in Tokyo over 10 years?

Mr. Sato finds that they don’t make them like they used to.

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Feel like a kid again at one of Japan’s last true old-school candy stores

Ryu-kun’s Shop in Chiba is a real throwback to another era.

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This Japanese bar snack also makes for a great camping meal【Recipe】

You never know how easy tonpeiyaki is to make until you try.

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Fish wholesaler’s HQ crashes Tokyo Olympic medal ceremony

Hohsui gets gold in photobombing.

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Japanese artist sells people’s darkest secrets encased in concrete

A novel idea for people who have something they want to get off their chest.

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Saitama man repeatedly steals food from store by making his phone say “PayPay♫”

Crime doesn’t PayPay.

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Seiji gets into the Olympic spirit on the cheap at 100-yen store Daiso

Can Seiji find the true meaning of the Olympics for a few bucks?

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Booze Hack: One Cup Ozeki sake lids make perfect beer can covers

An ironic commonality between two rival drinks.

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