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

North Korea requests China refrain from calling leader “Fatty Kim III”

This reportedly official demand from North Korea begs the question: is body-shaming always wrong?

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USJ stops rollercoaster partway through to remove one high school rider who broke the rules

For an amusement park, Universal Studios Japan does not play around.

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The battle over 11/11 is underway in Japan: Pocky vs every other business

Known traditionally as “Pocky Day” in Japan, 11 November may become “Good Shopping Day” before long.

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Serial foot licker apprehended in Kyoto after 30-minute lick-attack

Kyoto Police nearly close the case on one of Kyoto’s more disgusting crime sprees.

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We spend Culture Day in prison, food was arguably better than Yoshinoya

This Culture Day, our reporter Yuichiro Wasai went straight to Fuchu Prison. He did not pass Go. He did not collect 200 dollars.

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We try out a 4 million yen guitar, also try to keep pants dry

Seiji Nakazawa has trouble keeping his continence in check as he strums on a guitar worth more than some people make in a year.

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Doshisha’s retro LCD TV even comes with functioning clicking channel knob just like the old days!

The forgotten tactile pleasure of turning a clicky dial to change the television channel can be had again!

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Try our crappy lifehack for “better BMs”

Our writer Yuichiro Wasai recently had a life-changing experience regarding the way he poops and now he wants to share it with the world.

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Couriers scare off yakuza members pretending to be yakuza members

One of the gangsters reportedly admitted, “I have never met anyone as tough as those deliverymen.”

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Mr. Sato visits the mystical atmosphere of Japan’s Yabuzuka Quarry Ruins

Our reporter ventures deep into the heartlands of Japan to find this hidden landmark.

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Website Prototype 1000 is a beautiful collection of products that don’t exist but probably should

In need of an inspiration boost? Come browse the zany yet brilliant ideas of artist Neji Sato in his website Prototype 1000.

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Former yakuza leader arrested for shaking down friend made while playing Pokémon GO

For one unwitting young man, a game of Pokémon GO turned into Grand Theft Auto GO.

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To ask or not to ask: The etiquette and law of using convenience store restrooms in Japan

While the widespread presence of public toilets in convenience stores is great, it is also fraught with ambiguous customs and could, technically, even lead to criminal charges.

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Kitakyushu Hotel Plaza offers 5 bucks off if they think you’re balding

Not only do you get a 500 yen per night discount, but it promises to be one of the more emotional check-ins you’ll ever experience.

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Japanese pop culture festival and concert to be held in Tokyo next month, foreigners get in for free!

In late November a four-day festival of music, food, fashion, and culture will be held, and anyone with a foreign passport will get some VIP treatment.

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Junior high student in China trapped in elevator for five hours, grateful for time to do homework

Trapped and with his life hanging in the balance, this calm-and-collected Chinese student took the opportunity to get his math drills done.

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Fan support makes fictitious Cup Noodle shopping bags a reality, sell out in days

Cup Noodle continues its reign as the most democratic instant ramen brand around.

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You will never guess why this Tokyo candy store never fully opens its shutters

We investigate this creepy looking candy store only to find that it might just be the sweetest place in all of Tokyo.

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Japan’s new wave of farmers: the former bikers and gang members of Vegefru Farms

Rather than some social program saying farming is good for “troubled youth,” Vegefru Farms says “troubled youth” are the answer to farming’s prayers.

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What happens when a guy throws on a wig and a dress and goes to Japan’s #1 pick-up spot?

Once again, our Japanese-language reporters ride along a razor-thin line of reasoning and derail right into a valuable life lesson.

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