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

This Valentine’s Day tell your man how you truly feel — tell him with chocolate-covered KFC

Looking for a way to revolutionize the stale traditions of Japanese Valentine’s Day, Mr. Sato believes he has found the ultimate gift.

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How far can one yen get you when it comes to fashion? 【NSFW】

Times are tight here at RocketNews24, so our 10,000 yen (US$85) fashion challenge has been downsized to one yen ($0.0085).

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“Graffiti Temple” in Kyoto, where visitors are encouraged to deface the walls

It’s quite normal to hear news of someone graffiting pieces of world heritage and feel a sense of outrage, but Kyoto’s Tandenan Temple actually encourages such scrawl. Our writer Masami grabbed a sharpie and went to check it out.

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Superhuman forces collide when three of our writers take on a pro in an 11-pound curry eat-off!

RocketNews24’s mightiest eaters assemble to take on competitive eater and devourer of all things delicious (and possibly the occasional soul too) Sachiyo Masubuchi.

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Work, welfare or prison? Man orders curry, refuses to pay, then calls the police to take him away

After a man turned himself into police for refusing to pay for his meal, some wondered if he might be mentally ill. On the other hand, some suspect he might be saner than many in Japan.

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New “edible kairo” tablets claim to warm your body during winter—our Japanese writer eats the lot

In an effort to beat the recent cold snap that befell Japan, our writer Ahiru Neko discovered Edible Kairo (Edible Heat Packs) but got a little carried away.

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Elevate your next Subway sandwich with the great taste of yakisoba

Our reporter Meg ventures waist-deep in carbs to discover a new way to enjoy Subway — and she may never turn back.

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Crying assemblyman Ryutaro Nonomura returns—shaven-headed and with a bizarre new move

Following his tear-drenched press conference and constant ear cupping, disgraced assemblyman Ryutaro Nonomura finally gets his day in court—and shocks the public yet again with a new trademark move.

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7 odd behaviors in Japan as seen by Chinese tourists

Last year about 5 million Chinese tourists visited Japan, and Chinese website NetEase was kind enough to compile a list of seven of Japan’s most unusual habits according to them.

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Japan Self-Defense Force members breakdance while performing Hatsune Miku song

Ain’t no party like a JSDF party, cause a JSDF party don’t quit.

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Old man chases dentist with metal rod, threatens to make him “taste the same pain”

Like something in a badly written comedy sketch, the elderly man allegedly began chasing his dentist around the room, shouting: “I’ll make you taste the same pain!”

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Researchers find that it takes guts to be a good mother…gut bacteria at least

A Fukui University team has discovered a connection between a child’s development and the amount of bacteria in a mother’s intestines – even after birth.

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“Powder Soy Sauce” is so much more than its name suggests【Taste test】

We try out this revolutionary condiment that could change the way everyone eats sushi, sashimi, or anything really.

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Peach Boy frozen snacks are strawberry flavored… with real apple juice

Just because it’s called “peach” and looks peach, doesn’t mean it’s peach-flavored. And just because it’s “strawberry-flavored,” doesn’t mean it’s strawberry-flavored either…

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Demon pants and dog butts coming soon to Japanese mouths

If Sunkus’ Red-Oni-Pants-Lookin’ Bread and Pom Pom Purin’s Purin Purin! Butt Cakes are any indication, 2016 is shaping up to be a great year for baked goods. 

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How far will 10,000 yen get you in Harajuku’s fashion world with the aid of two teenage experts?

Our reporter’s fashion quest continues as he ventures into the ultra-hip jungle of Tokyo’s Harajuku with a mere 10,000 yen (US$85), this time enlisting the help of two high school girls who know the terrain like the back of their hands.

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Beep beep! Trucks cruising Tokyo and Osaka to promote easy bowel movements this Enema Day

On and around 19 January, trucks will be hitting the streets to raise awareness of the health benefits of enemas. You’ll be able to recognize them by the cute female drivers who appear to be constantly pooping…

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How far will 10,000 yen get you (fashionwise) at the convenience store Family Mart?

In his ongoing search for the perfect affordable-but-stylish ensemble, our fashion reporter Seiji Nakazawa sets his sights on a major convenience store chain.

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Police in China raise stakes on cybercrime with playing cards featuring wanted fugitives

Next time you play Go Fish, do it with 54 of Binyang’s most wanted.

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We go hands-on with this new “streaking” game and risk being added to some sort of police watch list, so you don’t have to!

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