On 13 March 2019, the press published an article about the operations of the OIST clinic. The article misleadingly suggested that OIST may have suspended the operation of its clinic beyond the maximum time of one year that is typically allowed for this type of closure under the relevant law. It also claimed that the clinic continued to be closed up until the time of writing of the newspaper article. To confirm the status of the OIST Clinic, representatives of the Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Public Health Center (OPCPHC) and the Okinawan Prefectural Government Medical Policy Division visited OIST on 14 March 2019. The OPCPHC confirmed that the inspection concluded that the clinic reopened properly.