On May 10, singer Abe Natsumi attended the awards ceremony for the '11th Best Mother Awards' where she announced her second pregnancy.
The awards are based on votes by mothers nationwide, and they are given to notable persons who are active in their respective fields. Abe, who has a son with actor Yamazaki Ikusaburo, was chosen for the 'music category.'
When presented with a trophy, Abe expressed, "I was very surprised as I never thought a day like this would come. I am very happy. Thank you very much." She continued, "Children are so cute, and they are our hope. I will do my best everyday, so I can continue to be the best mother for my son."
During the event, Abe was asked about plans for a second child. She responded, "Actually, I think a lot of people may have noticed, but I am currently pregnant with my second... I entered my stable period the other day. I am due sometime this fall."
Besides Abe, comedian trio Morisanchu's Oshima Miyuki won the award for the 'comedy category,' nutrition instructor Wada Asuka for the 'culture category,' sports commentator Sugiyama Ai for the 'sports category,' and entrepreneur Tsunezawa Kahoko for the 'finance category.'