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

“Nurse Goldfish” in Hokkaido amazingly appears to help disabled friend eat every time

This little guy sets a shining example for goldfish everywhere – people could learn a thing or two from it as well.

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We attach chemical butt-warmers to our crotches but really should know better

Mr. Sato continues to push his hypothesis that the male groin is the gateway to efficient regulation of body temperature, even if it means serious bodily harm.

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Biannual migration of otaku taking place in Tokyo

Twice a year, mother nature treats us to one of her most spectacular phenomenon: the mass migration of otaku through Kokusai-Tenjijō Station in Tokyo.

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Kim Jong-un gives troops diarrhea for Christmas

North Korea’s supreme leader gifts his soldier with a case of the scoots: the gift that keeps on giving.

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Google Street View catches Russian bear in the middle of snacking on a salmon

Even bears can’t get any privacy these days.

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Help choose RocketNews24’s “Cat of the Year 2016”

We look back on five cats who have contributed the most to shaping the world in 2016, and you can help us by submitting your vote for the top Cat Of The Year.

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Tokyo taxi company to release smartphone app with battling princesses

Gojyo Taxi is hoping that the ability to evolve pig-tailed magic girls in their cars will boost usage, and “hope” is a wonderful thing.

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It’s the RocketNews24 Christmas Party! Coming to you from the McDonald’s off Highway 8

Ain’t no party like a RocketNews24 Christmas party because a RocketNews24 Christmas party don’t stop…even if you pray it does.

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Looking for a new New Balance? Try these rare “Nyu” handmade sneakers from Japan

I’m not sure how legal they are, but they’re pretty neat.

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24-hour gyoza restaurant in Tokyo’s Kabukicho is full of garlic and meat, has a lot of heart too

There’re a lot of reasons to want to visit Shinjuku Kakekomi Gyoza, but their importance goes even beyond the vast range of savory dumplings.

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One taste of toasted egg mushipan bread and you’ll never go back to eating it the normal way!

We take Japan’s simple pleasure of a steamed cake and push it to a whole new level of deliciousness.

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China’s spider-fireman makes daring rescue on building ledge 【Video】

Watch Kaifeng City’s finest leap out a window to pull a would-be jumper off a ledge.

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JAL to re-release Japanese coats once worn by The Beatles for limited time

Now’s your change to look just like John, Paul, George, and Ringo did when they first touched down in Tokyo in 1966.

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Six uniquely Osaka experiences

After living in Tokyo for ten years, our Osaka-born writer Seiji Nakazawa shares some experiences from his hometown he thought were normal but actually weren’t.

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Japanese musical duo Les Romanesques ranks among Miyazaki and Kurosawa in popularity in France?

Already having made a substantial impact in France, the eccentric music of Les Romanesques is looking to break big in Japan.

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Voyeur at Kyoto shopping center apprehended by Japanese superhero Kamen Rider

A lesson for peeping toms everywhere: you never know when Kamen Rider Knight will appear and put an end to your dastardly deeds.

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Oh God It’s Friday: Japan hammers tabloid for driving popular actor to early retirement

Some of the more civilized comments against the tabloid Friday include “Die” and “Do you feed your families with the money you squeeze out of people’s souls?”

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New flavor Peyoung instant yakisoba takes a confusingly named herb to the max

Coriander, cilantro, pakchee, or whatever you want to call it, there’s a whole bunch in this new version of the popular instant fried noodles.

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Artist Christian Lassen and instant udon Donbei form an alliance of paint and noodles

I can say fairly certainly that this is the greatest painting of instant deep-fried vegetables ever made.

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Tokyo man awarded 40 million yen for winter jacket “defect”

Court victory gives new meaning to the phrase “embarrassment of riches.”

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