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Trouble with the smart keys on these cars isn't common per se- or at least specific to the leaf- but Nissan has had some issues with the smart keys in general.
Do you have any other keys on the key-ring that might be transmitting a signal (like for another vehicle)?
Do you have a wireless phone charger plugged in?
Home security key fob or garage door opener?
That might be problem. I would try removing that key from the key ring for a few days and see if the problem goes away.
Please let me know if you need additional info.
Ok, that makes sense. The pressing the button with the key trick is typically a remedy for a dead key fob battery. You probably just have a low key fob battery and it's not sending a very strong signal to the car.