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

America’s Got Talent winner Kenichi Ebina in charge or upcoming Captain Tsubasa stage show

Bringing the over-the-top soccer moves of Captain Tsubasa to a live stage seems like a crazy idea, but it’s the kind of crazy Ebina has built a career on.

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“Rainbow fire” brightens the day of Singaporeans【Video】

Although technically neither a “rainbow” nor “fire,” catching a glimpse of this phenomenon has put a spring in everyone’s step.

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Two men stab themselves to get out of going to work in separate incidents

When calling in sick just won’t do, a couple men took ditching work to a whole new level.

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New bar coming to Tokyo lets you melt and roast your drinks from baby bottles or lightbulbs

Craft Cocktail is pushing the limits of mixology with drinks that appeal to all senses and smashed their crowdfunding goal as a result.

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Breakthrough in white T-shirt technology made, promises no visible nipples

Finally, men can dress conservatively and not gross everyone out with their high-beams on.

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We bring you the itinerary for the popular Japanese penis festival so you don’t come too early and have to pull out.

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Oji Town unleashes ultimate PR tool: a flying puppy!

Come to Oji for the quadcopter pup Yukimaru, stay for the laid-back atmosphere and rich history.

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Japanese student breaks Guinness record for fastest finger snapping

Beating this record certain wasn’t a snap for Satoyuki Fujimura – it was 296 snaps.

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Japan’s largest housing website to offer LGBT support in finding tolerant landlords

It may not be the first, but it is easily the largest service of its kind.

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Our reporter infiltrated the “Happy Science” religion…accidentally, when in junior high

Serendipity has given RocketNews24 an inside look at the controversial religion currently making headlines: Happy Science.

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Matchmaking party in Tokyo is a literal blind date, everyone must wear blindfolds

Having trouble looking for the perfect romantic partner? Maybe that’s your problem…the “looking” part I mean.

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Mr. Sato installs a cardboard toilet in his workspace for maximum efficiency

Mr. Sato overcomes his greatest foe in the battle for time: his own bowels.

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Odawara welfare officials in trouble for calling cheats “Dregs,” calling selves “SHAT”

It’s unclear if this rogue group of city workers were fully aware of the acronym they made for themselves or not.

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Our resident illustrator dramatically corrects an amateur drawing in 10 minutes

To celebrate Manga Day in Japan, RocketNews24’s best artist has some tips to help add some flare to an average Joe’s drawing.

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Mr. Sato calls a phone number he found on a 1,000 yen bill

Our reporter tried to uncover the truth behind “AKB48 Non Yuu” and their mysterious phone number.

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Japanese artist shows cheap and easy way to scare children during next holiday season

The 2017 Father of the Year Award goes to…

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$89 “Phantasmal Sushi Roll” fancies up life with Matsusaka beef and truffle salt 【Taste Test】

If you can afford this luxury lucky sushi roll, how much luck do you really need?

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Behold a 10,000-yen sushi roll covered in gold! 【Taste Test】

We try out an exquisite gilded sushi roll, inexplicably packaged in cheap plastic.

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How to deal with sushi harassment in the workplace

The following story is an important example of how one person’s holiday cheer can be another’s form of abuse in the workplace.

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“Crazy” new mascot for Kure City is an impressively good dancer with a slick TRF cover【Video】

Mr. Kure may not know karate, but he knows ku-re-shi!

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