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

Mr. Sato retires from being the first person in Japan to buy iPhones, watches this guy instead

Meet Butch, an old friend of Mr. Sato’s who is carrying the torch in the noble pursuit of iPhone launch notoriety.

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Mr. Sato marries a handsome anime man in VR at Tokyo Game Show 2017

They say VR is a powerful tool, but is it enough to make our grizzled reporter swoon like a blushing bride?

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Namie Amuro’s retirement announcement re-sparks debate on who should sing at the Olympics

With Japan’s Queen of Pop set to end her career, many are left wondering who the front-runner for the opening ceremonies is now.

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Japanese console game market shrinks to nearly one-third its size ten years ago

Japanese game makers and distributors are in need of a serious power-up.

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North Korean missile launches may cost Japanese broadcasters “billions of yen”

The missiles may not be physically crashing into Japan, but their effect is hitting television stations square in the wallet.

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Chinese manufacturers already hard at work making iPhone X misuse prevention tools

Several vendors are applying a “sell first, ask questions later” approach to business strategy.

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Interview with a “happening bar” customer: “I was getting repulsed by the whole atmosphere”

We ask the difficult questions, like what the hell is a “happening bar?”

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Japanese tabloids teaching seniors how to find adult videos online

It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta get grandpa to his girls gone wild.

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Black Eggs and Ham, in Japan they am

Would you, could you eat these eggs from Owakudani?

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Sapporo man arrested for posting URLs to “obscene material” on website

Suspect facing criminal charges for simply copying and pasting three web addresses.

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Kyushu company develops robot dog that faints if your feet smell too bad

Feet with good hygiene will earn snuggles from the robotic pooches.

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Video game answers age-old question: Could Jesus kick Buddha’s butt?

Two-dimensional fighting game Fight of Gods offends me deeply, but I wonder how religious people feel about it.

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Restaurant by Tokyo SkyTree perfects Inari Sushi, sells nothing else for 40 years

Hope you like inarizushi. Otherwise just keep walking, pal.

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Vending machine that serves handmade gyoza found in Yokohama!

This restaurant-machine fusion is one small step for vending, one giant leap for vending-machine-kind.

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Japanese car rentals including stickers that read: “A foreigner is driving”

What do you do when you’re branded, and you know you’re a pretty decent driver?

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Car accident reminds us of the obvious dangers of driving while eating instant ramen

Friends don’t let friends drive and eat ramen at the same time.

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Man counterfeits 50,000 yen using only a 100-yen shop, a convenience store, and a Japanese custom

Aichi resident makes surprisingly effective use of many of Japan’s beloved services to pull off his ill-fated forgery attempt.

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83-year-old convicted of armed robbery, “I wanted to eat better food and have fun with girls”

Some habits die hard, as with this octogenarian thief.

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Video shows us the joy and hilarity of Baby’s First Horror Movie

Precious moments like these are what parenting is all about.

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Mie University to add “ninja section” on entrance exams

If you don’t know your mizugumo from your kunai, then I’m afraid you might not be Mie University material.

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