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A guy on Atlus' twitter team who was subsequently fired, was the one who said to harass Nintendo about the change.
Chances are Atlus took the gravure scenario out because gravure is supposed to be seen as horrifying, uncomfortable, and non-consensual, typically what a young girl does as a sacrifice for the benefit of her family. Not happy fun sexy times.
TMS, in making the male protag a sidekick and the female lead the hero, was a step forward past the horny old man game design that has dictated the tone of most of Atlus' games, and I think keeping the gravure scene as is would have been two steps back.