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

Japan’s largest housing website to offer LGBT support in finding tolerant landlords

It may not be the first, but it is easily the largest service of its kind.

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Our reporter infiltrated the “Happy Science” religion…accidentally, when in junior high

Serendipity has given RocketNews24 an inside look at the controversial religion currently making headlines: Happy Science.

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Matchmaking party in Tokyo is a literal blind date, everyone must wear blindfolds

Having trouble looking for the perfect romantic partner? Maybe that’s your problem…the “looking” part I mean.

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Mr. Sato installs a cardboard toilet in his workspace for maximum efficiency

Mr. Sato overcomes his greatest foe in the battle for time: his own bowels.

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Odawara welfare officials in trouble for calling cheats “Dregs,” calling selves “SHAT”

It’s unclear if this rogue group of city workers were fully aware of the acronym they made for themselves or not.

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Our resident illustrator dramatically corrects an amateur drawing in 10 minutes

To celebrate Manga Day in Japan, RocketNews24’s best artist has some tips to help add some flare to an average Joe’s drawing.

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Mr. Sato calls a phone number he found on a 1,000 yen bill

Our reporter tried to uncover the truth behind “AKB48 Non Yuu” and their mysterious phone number.

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Japanese artist shows cheap and easy way to scare children during next holiday season

The 2017 Father of the Year Award goes to…

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$89 “Phantasmal Sushi Roll” fancies up life with Matsusaka beef and truffle salt 【Taste Test】

If you can afford this luxury lucky sushi roll, how much luck do you really need?

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Behold a 10,000-yen sushi roll covered in gold! 【Taste Test】

We try out an exquisite gilded sushi roll, inexplicably packaged in cheap plastic.

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How to deal with sushi harassment in the workplace

The following story is an important example of how one person’s holiday cheer can be another’s form of abuse in the workplace.

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“Crazy” new mascot for Kure City is an impressively good dancer with a slick TRF cover【Video】

Mr. Kure may not know karate, but he knows ku-re-shi!

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Coca-Cola to release their healthiest cola ever in Japan this March

Although they are stopping just short of calling it an actual “health cola,” Coca-Cola Plus is the latest addition to the health-oriented cola war in Japan.

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Undead train station in Yokohama is beautifully nostalgic, poignantly desolate

Mr. Sato visits a virtually abandoned station that continues to operate in Yokohama.

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Video captures man tossing baby from sinking car in China’s Hunan Province

With a lot of luck on their side, everyone made it out uninjured.

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Residents of Karatsu City struggle to vote when two candidates have exactly the same name

It’s a tale of two city councilmen like no other.

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Chinese stuntman sets Guinness record for fastest lap on Nurburgring using only two-wheels

It was also probably the slowest lap ever recorded on the notorious race track, but that’s understandable.

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We try to join legendary Japanese rock band Guitar Wolf

One of Japan’s premier names in rock music, Guitar Wolf, is looking for a new bassist, and our reporter Seiji Nakazawa has filled out his resume.

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Chinese company gives employees two boxes of condoms each for year end-bonus

You can’t put a price on safe sex. At least that’s what Chinese company Scisky is banking on.

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National Garden employee says he let 160,000 foreigners in for free because he was scared of them

Sometimes it pays to look intimidating.

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