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

Website Prototype 1000 is a beautiful collection of products that don’t exist but probably should

In need of an inspiration boost? Come browse the zany yet brilliant ideas of artist Neji Sato in his website Prototype 1000.

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Former yakuza leader arrested for shaking down friend made while playing Pokémon GO

For one unwitting young man, a game of Pokémon GO turned into Grand Theft Auto GO.

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To ask or not to ask: The etiquette and law of using convenience store restrooms in Japan

While the widespread presence of public toilets in convenience stores is great, it is also fraught with ambiguous customs and could, technically, even lead to criminal charges.

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Kitakyushu Hotel Plaza offers 5 bucks off if they think you’re balding

Not only do you get a 500 yen per night discount, but it promises to be one of the more emotional check-ins you’ll ever experience.

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Japanese pop culture festival and concert to be held in Tokyo next month, foreigners get in for free!

In late November a four-day festival of music, food, fashion, and culture will be held, and anyone with a foreign passport will get some VIP treatment.

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Junior high student in China trapped in elevator for five hours, grateful for time to do homework

Trapped and with his life hanging in the balance, this calm-and-collected Chinese student took the opportunity to get his math drills done.

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Fan support makes fictitious Cup Noodle shopping bags a reality, sell out in days

Cup Noodle continues its reign as the most democratic instant ramen brand around.

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You will never guess why this Tokyo candy store never fully opens its shutters

We investigate this creepy looking candy store only to find that it might just be the sweetest place in all of Tokyo.

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Japan’s new wave of farmers: the former bikers and gang members of Vegefru Farms

Rather than some social program saying farming is good for “troubled youth,” Vegefru Farms says “troubled youth” are the answer to farming’s prayers.

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What happens when a guy throws on a wig and a dress and goes to Japan’s #1 pick-up spot?

Once again, our Japanese-language reporters ride along a razor-thin line of reasoning and derail right into a valuable life lesson.

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“It’s nuts!” Hamster’s tooth trimming turns into surprising magic act

This little rodent has a big surprise for its handler as he gets ready to trim its teeth.

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Behold the fluffiest rice omelet in Tokyo…possibly the world!

Mr. Sato tracks down a rice omelet unlike any he had ever seen before at a small French cafe in Tokyo’s Koenji.

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Former McDonald’s Japan employee reveals the top three most-hated orders

If you’re a fan of McDonald’s Japan, you might be sad to learn that your favorite item may be the staff’s worst nightmare.

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Iwashita New Ginger’s souvenir penlight gets pulled from shelves after obscenity complaints

It keeps getting harder and harder to market a pickled ginger snack these days.

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Movie fans pay respects on the 12-year memorial service of the live-action Devilman film

Unlike most memorial services, these movie buffs are mourning the fact this movie was created.

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Japanese medical school textbook surprises with questions on patient-doctor romance

Because atherosclerosis isn’t the only matter of the heart medical professionals should be concerned with.

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DJ Miso Soup & MC Rice lands endorsement deal rapping about dish soap

Japan’s premier gourmet rapper would like to drop a little science on you about a whole new way to wash dishes.

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Businesses begin to hack into dead people’s computers, netizens understandably worried

Imagine you dropped dead this instant, would you want your family getting into your computer or smartphone as it is?

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Malaysian magicians break the record for changing clothes in a single minute

Avery Chin and Sylvia Lim make the record books for their impressively quick quick-change act.

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Researchers closing in on “Submersible Computers” that can be cooled in the ocean

Under the sea. Under the Seaaaaa!♪ You can overclock your processor, under the seaaaaa!♫

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