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

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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Japanese actor accused of using cocaine may actually have been eating little girls’ candy

Twitter comes to the aid of Hiroki Narimiya days after a tabloid accuses him of drug use.

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Universal Studios Japan announces 2017 line-up of Cool Japan attractions

“Big” is looking to be the operative word for next year’s Japanese pop culture themed attractions.

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Producer Masi Oka announces first Japanese actor in Netflix Death Note movie

Well, you’ve got to start somewhere…

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Check out how this huge chunk of U.S. beef looks after using our rice cooker roasting technique!

Usher in the holiday season with a huge mound of “rice cooker roast beef” using our all-too-easy recipe.

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We try all-you-can-eat raw eggs for 730 yen, turns out to be way better than it sounds

Eggs with white yolks and citrus scents are among the luxurious offerings on deck at this all-you-can-eat deal in Tokyo.

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Great news: New study shows beer may help curb Alzheimer’s

If you’re looking to stave off dementia, it’s Miller time!

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Fukuoka amusement park draws anger for skating atop 5,000 sea creatures frozen in ice

SpaceWorld’s “Aquarium of Ice” has been under fire by animal rights supporters for their unique attraction. But is it really all that it seems?

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the comedy stylings of Vladimir Putin 【Video】

Russian President Vladimir Putin shows his playful side by only making a veiled threat against neighboring countries.

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Japanese gamers anxious to get hands on South Korea’s latest hit: Destiny Child 【Pics, Videos】

You really ought to check out the video, because screenshots don’t do justice to this visually impressive game for Android and iOS devices.

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All aboard the Kobe Disco Train! Runs from Tanigami to Okaba Station with a stop at Funkytown

If the name is any indication, the Kobe Disco Train promises to be a more uptempo and commercially viable version of a soul train.

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We try Japan’s new “wet potato chips” — A moist revolution or soggy defeat?

Snack food company Calbee is playing with fire by expecting people to swallow their new concept potato chips: “Wet Potato, Moist Mild Soy Sauce Flavor.”

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