Japan Probe wrote that post in 2010 after the Sora blogger brought the issue to the attention of the company. The product was changed in 2012, likely based on the feedback of foreigners. I didn't say Debito alone was the 'activist' that got the product changed, I linked him as one such example.
So it's still highly likely that complaints (i.e. 'activists') put pressure on the company to change the product, don't you agree? Unless you're taking issue with something else?
P.S. I also replied to your Reddit comment if you'd like to discuss the gaijinpot article :).