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

Alien Ramen: In space no one can hear you complain…

Despite its name, Alien Ramen is based on a very regional delicacy…but it is green.

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Hulu Japan to give all customers 1,000-yen apology for recent problems

In response to the flood of complaints over past weeks, Hulu is has decided to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to contrition.

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Voting underway for Japan’s top bus mascot

In what other country would someone think it was a good idea to hold a national ranking of bus company mascots?

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Japanese lab develops wearable robot arms controlled by feet

Swamped with work? Let MetaLimbs lend you a hand…or two.

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Michelin star-winning ramen can now be bought nationwide in cup noodle form

But does it live up to the original? We find out…

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New Taiiku Okazaki song is in Japanese but strangely sounds like English

The result is unintelligible in either language, but it still sounds cool.

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Former employee shows us why a Starbucks “Tall Latte” is a sucker bet

A simple design issue dictates that all lattes are not created equal.

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Mysterious yellow liquid sent to Nagoya officials with message to “end women-only train cars”

Smelly attempt at terrorism only seems to have galvanized the need for women-exclusive sections on trains.

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Twitter user devises simple way to destroy Japan’s music copyright collective

The answer, my friends, was just blowin’ in the winds of Twitter.

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Video of teen killing squid on Twitter sparks controversy over what we know about our food

Video’s creator surprised at “how little people know” about the world they live in.

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Tokyo Governor’s party may restrict smoking from private homes and cars with children inside

Smokers and even non-smokers are up in arms over a suggested by-law that many claim “goes too far.”

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Bear assists police in catching three violent robbers in Tochigi Prefecture

Bears say only we can prevent forest fires, but they’ll help out when preventing robberies.

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KFC Philippines searches for new Colonel Sanders

It worked for Journey, why not Kentucky Fried Chicken?

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Mr. Sato pretends to be a teen to see if he’ll be sold cigarettes

SoraNews24 takes you on a super-serious expose of the dark world of underage smoking.

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New coffee order: Freemason Coffee on sale in Japan in June

The best part of waking up is Freemasonry in your cup.

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Curry-filled chocolates are here! It’s the taste you never knew you wanted

Perhaps the most portable curry ever developed can be yours for a mere 30 yen.

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The times they are a-litigious: Kyoto University gets billed for using Bob Dylan lyrics in speech

Japan’s copyright enforcers ask: how many words must a man write down, before he can be shaken down?

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Fukuoka man arrested for threatening to kill schoolgirls who wear socks

Suspect in his forties claims he wanted to bring back the “good old days.”

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“They’re full”: Restaurant worker arrested for obstructing competing businesses

The food service business can be ruthless sometimes.

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Wasabi found to promote hair growth 3 times faster than minoxidil

But don’t worry, you don’t need to eat it.

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