Frank Santoro was right! Popular boys love manga-ka Youka Nitta has admitted to lots and lots of tracing.
In her webpage notice, Nitta directly acknowledged that she traced Diesel’s photograph for the opening page of Stand on Vessel. She added that she is somewhat naïve in her awareness of copyrights, but acknowledged after much reconsideration that the illustration infringed on the copyrights of Diesel and the people who shot the advertising photograph. Nitta’s webpage notice went further in acknowledging the tracing issue than her earlier July 3 blog entry on the issue. Nitta promised to deal with these issues more carefully in the future, and apologized profusely to Diesel, the people involved, and her readers.
In Japan swiping is a very, very serious offense, and if this were a truTV special, Nitta would be caught red-handed, as this unofficial page of swipes shows.