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

Awe-inspiring coin sculpture erected during boring holiday

No human being should be able to stack coins like this.

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Asahi Brewery asks: Why not mix beer and Calpis? So we do…

Everyone say it out loud now: Calpisbeer!

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Osaka authorities finally arrest “Spider Man”

Your unfriendly neighborhood wall-crawler currently facing several charges of theft.

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Hokkaido wild marijuana removal efforts can’t keep up with rate of growth

Plants refuse to stay down, continue to grow high.

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Crummy Japanese dish dryer still gets five-star reviews on Amazon for unexpected reason

Many are calling this a “high-performance” product even though it’s apparently terrible at drying dishes.

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Scandal rocks McDonald’s Kanto-Kansai burger election, Tokyo Roast Beef Burger caught lying to voters

Revelation of “pork” in the Roast Beef Burger is sure to impact this crucial election.

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Japanese pre-teen’s summer homework assignment either lazy or genius… possibly both

This simple poster pushes the less-is-more concept to the limits.

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We try a MAX-sized bento in Beppu, doesn’t even fit in the box

Clearly quantity is not an issue here. So, how is the quality?

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Japanese Kaki No Tane snacks declared “space food” by JAXA

These delectable little snacks will boldly go where no persimmon-seed-shaped cracker has gone before.

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Vegeta struggling to find work under Abenomics

If an interplanetary warlord can’t land a job in this economy what hopes do the rest of us have?

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“Graveyard of the Traffic Signals” found in Nagoya

Where do bad lights go when they dieeeee? ♫ They don’t go to heaven where the angels flyyyyyy ♫ They go to… Nagoya.

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This mooing chicken-headed eel in the supermarket has a lot to teach us about Japan

Join us as we attempt to unravel the cultural enigma of the chicken-eel that goes “Mooooooo!!”

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Take on a triple-decker cutlet at Tokyo’s hot new restaurant: “Tonkatsu is a Drink”

While the “Kanno Mille-Fueille Set” may sound dainty, this mountain of meat from Tonkatsu is a Drink is anything but.

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68-year-old karate master fights off bear…if you take his word for it

After using his martial art skills to survive a bear attack, Hiroto Miyagawa’s real nightmare has just begun.

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Students confused over Japanese school banning ponytails for “conjuring lustful feelings”

Students across Japan kindly ask any teacher who suggests this rule be looked into.

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Former police drug investigator arrested for drug possession, claims he didn’t know it was drugs

It was a good thing the suspect had decided to become a cop, because he doesn’t seem to be a very good criminal.

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Enjoy karaoke while high! High up in a Ferris wheel that is

Our skeptical writers wonder if the combination of singing and elevating is a winner or a bust.

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Nissin to sell rice bowls covered in those little “mystery meat” cubes from Cup Noodle

The only mystery here is why Nissin hadn’t thought of this earlier.

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Man wants to move out of his home, so takes off all clothes and walks through the neighborhood

WARNING: Trying to make sense of this man’s plot may cause headaches.

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Meals chosen by capsule machines sold in Hyogo service area in August

Let lady luck decide your next meal for a fraction of the cost.

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