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As the evidence suggests, hiding evidence harms our democracy

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An account written by a tax examiner opened my eyes to the sheer variety of tricks people use to conceal damning evidence on tax evasion.

A Chinese restaurant owner, who received a visit from a taxman, hastily buried his "inkan" seal in flour. The seal was for a bank account under a bogus name, which he was using to hide some of his earnings.

"Datsuzei Hiroku" (Tax evasion confidential report), by Manabu Otsu, also cites examples of a bank passbook being sealed in a plastic bag and hidden in a toilet tank, and a bond certificate tucked away inside a cushion cover.

But burning evidence is probably........

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