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

Famous suicide spot turned Pokémon GO hotspot reports zero deaths so far in 2017

The jagged cliffs of Tojinbo was often visited by those seeking death, now it is visited by those seeking Girafarig.

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NHK bill collector arrested for kissing woman on the job: “I thought we were hitting it off!”

Add sexual assault to the list of reasons to dread the NHK collector.

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Which Japanese prefecture buys the most leopard print clothes?

The answer is o-oh my god, not Osaka?!

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What happens when you try buying 5,000 followers on Instagram? Our reporter finds out【Experiment】

Our reporter Go Hattori takes the plunge into the greasy underworld of buying social media followers.

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Japan’s version of a ouija board: We try to summon Mr. Kokkuri

Three grown men dabble in black arts typically reserved for pre-teens.

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Osaka convenience store asks customers to muffle their “buree-buree” sounds while in the toilet

Request met with mixed reaction from praising its frankness to pointing out the impossibility of it.

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Dine on Kenyan cuisine in Tokyo at Masyuko’s Buffalo Cafe

Mr. Sato follows a hot lead from a Maasai warrior for some elusive Kenyan food in Japan, and isn’t disappointed.

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One Piece team shows us how a Weekly Shonen Jump cover is crafted【Video】

Possibly the first-ever look at how one of the most crowded magazine covers is designed.

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Pac-Man rickshaw is back! This time to eat in Osaka’s Shinsekai district

Back due to popular demand and this time in Osaka, Pac-Man will give a few lucky passengers a ride as it chases takoyaki.

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Kyoto police set up system to predict when and where crimes will happen

New tool allows Kyoto police to be at the scene of the crime before the crime even occurs.

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The next evolution in pillows is here: a giant scrub brush

You might think a scrub brush would be a terrible thing to rest your sleepy head on, but think again.

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Hyogo man robs taxi driver, driver buys man dinner, man turns self in to police

When threatened to hand over his cash, this driver gave some advice instead.

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Man pops the question with 33-ton “meteorite”

They say you should spend at least three months’ salary when selecting an engagement meteorite, but this guy seems to have gone overboard.

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Universal Studios Japan and Kewpie Mayo to offer delightfully convoluted Kewpie-Elmo-Easter-Eggs

Japan will see your chocolate-carrying rabbit and raise you a co-opted mayonnaise mascot wearing a muppet costume.

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Iga man faces 18-month prison sentence for harassing courier with chainsaw, posting it on YouTube

I used to assume anyone with the nickname “Chainsaw Man” was automatically cool. I was wrong.

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Chiba police hunting for serial attacker who puts finger in teenage boys’ mouths

Senior police official quoted as saying, “I have never heard of this behavior, but it’s sick.”

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Japanese baseball player sends message to boy who ruined his home run

A single catch by a fan brings out the worst and best in Japanese baseball.

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Nunchaku-enthusiast rights victory as 48-year-old chiropractor acquitted of possession charges

Now everyone in Japan is free to exercise their inalienable right to hit themselves in the head – openly and without fear of prosecution.

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Osaka driving school offers nine months of free food and drink to students

Come for the Drivers’ Ed, stay for the unlimited nine-month long buffet!

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We cover our faces in pollen to try and trigger an allergic reaction【RocketScience】

You might be asking yourself: “Why?” Which is probably something we should have done too.

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