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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Osaka asked not to directly rub goblin god’s feet as things slowly return to normal in the city

We’re not quite at the Billiken-foot-rubbing stage of normalcy yet.

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Ibaraki Airport mulls name change to “Tokyo Ibaraki Airport” despite not being in Tokyo

What could possibly go wrong?

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New conspiracy theory emerges that Shinzo Abe is legendary yokai Amabie

Alright, now hear me out on this one…

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Giant undersea bug in Toba Aquarium poops for first time in two years

Apparently, eating a shark’s face alive will bind you right up.

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Japanese rugby legend questions reopening of pro-baseball, confuses everyone

Is the Internet schooling Ayumu Goromaru about students, or is he schooling them?

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Jilted Chinese woman sends 1,000 kilograms of onions to ex-boyfriend’s doorstep

Revenge is a dish best served with a side of onions.

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Fusedon: the mysterious Japanese subculture of flipping your bowl to say “thanks”

It’s gross and annoying, and yet some people won’t stop doing it for some reason.

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Fukuoka Museum offers Japanese art treasures right in your own home via AR

Why not virtually spruce up your living room with some 16th century samurai armor?

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Japanese new recruit fired after one month for being partially out of frame during video meetings

Company decided that an inability to fit into the chat window is an inability to fit into the workforce.

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17-year-old to sue Kagawa Prefecture over video game restricting ordinance

And what did you do over your school vacation?

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Official Captain Tsubasa Twitter account wishes everyone a confusing Mother’s Day

This year let’s give thanks to our mothers for remembering the times we almost died.

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Modern legend Tiger Mask returns, donates 55 handmade face masks to rural government workers

Japan’s muscular embodiment of human kindness pays a visit to a small town in Chiba.

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28-year-old sumo wrestler dies after contracting coronavirus

“Like the fighter he was, he tenaciously fought against the illness until the very end.”

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ANA unveils robot avatar shopper at boutique in Oita

Robots let us peruse the aisles of clothing stores from anywhere in the world.

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Japanese government proposes cyborgs and robotic avatars for all by 2050

Above diagram suggests Vegeta suits may be involved as well.

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Japanese coder finds perfect way to incorporate ads into games

Tired of games with annoying ads? How about one where the ads are the game?

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SoraNews24 founder straps 20-pound device to back to keep crotch dry

A story about pleasing your boss.

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Japanese snack maker puts wrong genus of flower on package, rewards customer who noticed

Luckily, Lunch Pack takes their botany very seriously and corrected the mistake.

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How well do you know your Japanese vending machines?【Quiz】

They’re everywhere and we use them every day, but how well do we really know them?

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Almost certainly the best fermented Japanese soybean pencil case ever made is here

If you can find a better natto pencil case, we’d love to see it.

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