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

Sanrio releases new character: Aggretsuko, the white-collar red panda with anger issues

For some people, living an idyllic life of apples and cake is hard to relate to. For those people the makers of Hello Kitty bring you Aggretsuko.

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Shinto ceremony that involves feeding a carp alcohol criticized as “animal abuse”

The debate continues over whether plying a carp with booze is inhumane treatment of animals or a treasured part of Japan’s cultural heritage.

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McDonald’s Japan holds first-ever General Election, winning burger upgraded at no extra cost

One burger to rule them all…

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26 scenes from one of the liveliest Coming of Age Day celebrations in Japan 【Photos】

For some young adults in Japan, Coming of Age Day is a somewhat solemn or drab affair, but in Kita-Kyushu it is anything but.

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Recent trend of “near water” questions the very definition of “water”

It seems obvious, but “when does water stop being water?” can be a tricky question to answer.

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Curly fries back at McDonald’s Japan

McDonald’s Japan is getting off to a good start this year by announcing the return of their beloved curly fries.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】The Maasai Tribe fukubukuro now selling through RocketNews24

Tired of reading about lucky bags but not being able to own one? Well, courtesy of our Kenyan correspondent Luka Sunte some are up for grabs…but it won’t be easy to get one.

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Younger Japanese men less interested in drinking, according to survey

Recent study suggests that Japanese males are significantly less interested in getting wasted as they used to be.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】 We push our luck with a 3,000 yen “lucky bag” from Akihabara junk shop

Once again, to feel the true thrill of the gamble of a New Year’s fukubukuro (lucky bag) Mr. Sato doubles down and grabs a bag of junk… or is it?

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“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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