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

DJ Miso Soup & MC Rice lands endorsement deal rapping about dish soap

Japan’s premier gourmet rapper would like to drop a little science on you about a whole new way to wash dishes.

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Businesses begin to hack into dead people’s computers, netizens understandably worried

Imagine you dropped dead this instant, would you want your family getting into your computer or smartphone as it is?

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Malaysian magicians break the record for changing clothes in a single minute

Avery Chin and Sylvia Lim make the record books for their impressively quick quick-change act.

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Researchers closing in on “Submersible Computers” that can be cooled in the ocean

Under the sea. Under the Seaaaaa!♪ You can overclock your processor, under the seaaaaa!♫

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Japanese city offering authentic handcrafted swords in exchange for “tax” payments

The best part is you don’t even have to live there to pay the tax!

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Toyama man first person in Japan to be arrested for selling jailbroken iPhones

Authorities charging the suspect with “violation of trademark law.”

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Studio in Osaka lets you get photos taken as legendary samurai warlord Audrey Hepburn

Because geisha and warriors are passé, we went to a photo shoot to look like figures of Hollywood’s golden age.

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Woman kills self jumping onto train tracks, delay causes conductor to jump off tracks at other station

Approximately 20 minutes after an elderly woman leapt in front of an express train, a conductor threw himself from an elevated train track down the line.

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This table tennis comedy video isn’t “boring.” It may be the best video ever!

Join Takkyu Genin Pinpon as he takes us on a whirlwind ride of table tennis themed comedic bits that never have a dull moment.

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Lest we forget 1936: The year fake Mickey Mouse attacked Japan

Japan may have forgiven the rip-off Disney star, but they have not forgotten what he did 80 years ago on that blood soaked Pacific island beach.

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This year’s contest to choose Japan’s greatest mascot attracting some shady characters

Call me old fashioned but I remember when mascots were meant to be cute, not demons spawned by human weakness or yam ninjas.

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Chinese animation making inroads on Japanese television, but not everyone is a fan

An anime based on a popular Chinese manga makes no bones about its artistic roots but hopes to show the world mainland Chinese culture.

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Worst Kung Fu fight ever breaks out on street in China

Fast as lightning, those cats were not.

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48 Hours of cats and Roombas to be broadcast on Niconico: Can “Cat Roomba Time” be achieved?

Love watching cats play with robotic vacuum cleaners? Then, how about 48 continuous hours of it live?

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Mr. Sato does not buy an iPhone7, calls this year’s Docomo release ceremony “f***ing s**t!”

Despite being the first person in Japan to purchase the latest iPhone on more than one occasion, Mr. Sato was shunned by his phone company this time around.

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Cup Noodle Mystery Meat Festival sales suspended due to overwhelming demand

Generally mystery meat is something to be avoided, unless you’re talking about Cup Noodle brand mystery meat.

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We try to resurrect 39 fish and learn a little about life in the process

Whenever there’s a slow news day at the office, we do what any journalist would and attempt to toy with the forces of nature.

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Doing a load of laundry in an office trash can with the pocket-sized washing machine Nival

We finally get a chance to test this portable laundromat and see just how clean it can make your clothes.

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Japanese marathoners attacked by swarm of hornets, 115 stung

As if a marathons weren’t grueling enough…here come the hornets!

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Detective Conan asks what kind of criminal you are…through instant curry

That wily shrunken PI always gets to the bottom of things, even while licensing his brand to a line of curry.

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