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

Musician Ian McCulloch flees Japan amid US-North Korea tensions, show cancelled without warning

You know things are getting serious when the lead singer of Echo & the Bunnymen throws in the towel.

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Burgeoning art of aerial ramen photography making a splash, rarely literally

A new trend is treating us to vistas of soup rarely seen by humans, whether we like it or not.

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We order a “Mystery Lucky Bag of Imperfect Goods” through Amazon, end up with a pile of crab

You can’t go wrong buying a random assortment of flawed seafood through the mail.

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Japanese bakeries can now use a Robocop-style bread recognition checkout system

Overkill or overkill like a fox?

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Four-time boxing champion Koki Kameda will take on all comers, winner gets 10 million yen

You too can experience all the joy and wonder of getting punched in the face by a champion, and maybe even get a lot of money.

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Japanese researchers redesign electric car to go farther than ever before on a single charge

The Wireless IWM Unit 2 turns a flaw of a electric vehicles into a strength, opening a world of possibilities.

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Ultimate “crap game” Takeshi’s Challenge coming to smartphones this summer!

Experience all of the fun and frustration – mostly frustration – of the classic Nintendo game with some added features.

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Japanese professor develops device to allow cars to cleanly run on hydrogen from ammonia

The Plasma Membrane Reactor can take a jug of ammonia and convert it into pure hydrogen cleanly and cheaply to power anything from portable generators to cars.

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The Mr. Sato Car takes part in the trendy “Itasha de Starbucks” movement

We show solidarity with the itasha community by hanging out in a Starbucks parking lot with the Mr. Sato Car.

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Ryo mysteriously loses wedding ring, learns from psychic it saved his life【Haunted Tokyo】

At first our Haunted Tokyo reporter was horrified to notice his wedding band had disappeared, but now he is thankful for it.

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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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