I had a look at all the Japanese heavy cruisers and apart from the Aoba and Furataka class they all have rare turret positions. Looking at the Myoko, Mogami and Takao class, they all have three turrets in front where there's always one masked by another one. (The Tone class is even worse, 2 masked guns). My question is, why did the Japanese designed it this way? Okay, the poor firing arcs are no problem when firing broadsight but there are times you can only fire frontal. making that extra (and second for the Tone class)) turret worthless. What is the idea behind those masked guns? why are they good for? And while we are there, Who was so ingenious on putting all the guns in front on the Tone class? Once again, great if you cross the T but useless when retreating. Same for the Fuso and Ise class battleships, why putting guns on a Q-position (midships is Q, isn't it?)?